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How Aung San Suu Kyi betrayed the world’s hopes

The Myanmar leader has shown a fatal combination of arrogance and strategic cluelessness. Yet her people still love her

By Peter Popham   March 2020
Under Pressure: Aung San Suu Kyi Source: Yonhap/Yonhap News Agency/PA Images

Under Pressure: Aung San Suu Kyi Source: Yonhap/Yonhap News Agency/PA Images

In 2016, the year Aung San Suu Kyi came to power, Burma—or Myanmar as it is usually now known—“was on Fodor Guides’ list of the world’s hottest destinations,” Thant Myint-U writes. “By 2018 it was on Fodor’s list of the top 10 places to avoid.”

Why did it go so bad so quickly? When Suu Kyi had been released from detention in 2010, all the main players involved…

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