Why Obama is Mad for Myanmar

Did you ever wonder why President Obama and his administration seem to have invested so much time and energy on Myanmar and its transition to democracy?

It's a question I had been thinking about.  So I decided to explore it in my most recent column for The Edge Review.  What I decided was that there were political, economic nd strategic reasons for the administration focus on Myanmar -- much to do with Obama's rebalancing, or "pivot," to Asia.  But there are other considerations as well, which I lay out in my column. Read more about Why Obama is Mad for Myanmar


China correspondent Keith B. Richburg has spent more than 20 years overseas for The Washington Post, serving as bureau chief in Paris, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Nairobi and Manila. He covered the invasion in Iraq, the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the U.S. military intervention in Somalia, the genocide in Rwanda and the 1997 handover of Hong Kong to China.

A native of Detroit, Richburg began working for the Post as a summer intern in 1978. He was the Post’s foreign editor from 2005 to 2007 and the New York bureau chief from 2007 to 2009. He has a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in international relations from The London School of Economics.

Richburg is the author of Out Of America; A Black Man Confronts Africa (Basic Books, 1997). He speaks English and French and has been learning Mandarin.