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How Aung San Suu Kyi Lost Her Way

Updated: Oct 9, 2018

Aung San Suu Kyi is welcomed to the presidential palace in Hanoi, Vietnam.NGUYEN HUY KHAM / REUTERS

September 28 -- The Atlantic

HANOI—Last month, Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s de facto civilian leader, appeared at a panel hosted by Singapore’s ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute. At the event, one attendee asked her what had surprised her most since taking power in 2016, citing a long list of struggles the country faces, from the sluggish economy to ethnic conflict. When she replied, “Nothing has really surprised me,” the audience, perhaps anticipating a moment of introspection, laughed nervously as she said her party was well prepared to deal with the challenges despite having successfully addressed very few. She went on to describe the generals with whom she shares power as “rather sweet.”

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