"The decision is not just a matter of promoting American businesses in Myanmar. It also involves an assessment of her short record in power, as well as a measure of how Myanmar fits in Washington’s 'pivot to Asia' strategy and its efforts to offset China’s influence in the region. In addition to nurturing relations with Washington and other Western governments, Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi has rekindled relations with the Chinese government, and made a recent high-level visit to Beijing," Stéphanie Giry writes for the New York Times.
"It’s not easy to govern a country emerging from a half-century of military rule, particularly with one hand tied behind your back. After sweeping Burma’s historic elections in 2015, Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), now faces daunting challenges. It needs to repeal or reform problematic laws, restructure military-dominated bureaucracies, and deal with violent strains of xenophobia and anti-Muslim hatred. The civilian government must gain control of the defense, border, and interior ministries — all of which are constitutionally reserved for the country’s notoriously abusive military," Sarah Margon writes for Foreign Policy.
"Not only the United States but also most leading democracies, including regional powers like Japan and Australia, have opted for close relations with a freer Myanmar. [T]he Obama administration has cited rapprochement with Myanmar as one of its greatest foreign policy successes, and now touts U.S.-Myanmar relations as a model for rapprochement with Cuba. The rich democracies, now invested diplomatically and economically in a Myanmar success story, are unwilling to spend too much time seriously investigating crimes being committed in Myanmar’s isolated west," CFR's Joshua Kurlantzick writes for the Washington Monthly.