Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law Stanford University

Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi delivers a speech during the last day of the 101st session of the International Labour Conference of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva June 14, 2012.
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August 3, 2012 - CDDRL, FSI Stanford In the News

Stanford scholar cautiously optimistic about Burma's political opening

After returning from Burma this summer where he met with local civil society groups, CDDRL Director Larry Diamond comments on the challenges and opportunities underlying Burma's nascent democratic opening.In the very early stages of transition, Diamond argues that many challenges  — from constitutional design to a strong military presence—may stand in the way of Burma's path to democratic transition.