"Just a couple of years ago, Burma was a global pariah, an outpost of tyranny in the U.S. government's view because of the ruling junta's often murderous disregard for its people. Yet it was members of that paranoid military regime who catalyzed the liberalizations now remaking Burma. For once, political change came not from an angry outpouring on the streets but from the nexus of power. 'We are in the midst of an unprecedented period of transition,' Thein Sein tells TIME, 'from military to democratic government, from armed conflict to peace and from a centralized economy to a new, market-oriented economy.' Any one of those shifts could take decades. Burma is attempting all at the same time."
The quasi-civilian government has progressed, but deep problems remain
The country's future may depend on it
Suu Kyi has been reluctant to address the abuse of minority Rohingya Muslims who are deeply disdained by most people in Burma
A new report claims the Naypyidaw government has been methodically oppressing the Muslim minority for decades
Activists in western Arakan state say at least 10 killed, including women and children
The central Burmese town of Meikhtila declared a curfew for a second night on March 21 after clashes killed 10 people, including a Buddhist monk, and injured at...
In the wake of Cyclone Nargis, the junta is blocking the flow of aid. Is there a case for direct action?Photographs for TIME by Prashant Panjiar / Livewire...