Thant Myint-U, Financial Times | April 3, 2012
In light of recent events, Myanmar is facing its most important moment since military rule began in 1962. ++ Popular protests did not force the regime to hold recent elections. ++ And change is coming in spite of Western sanctions, not because of them. ++ There is now a chance for the reformist-oriented president Thein Sein and opposition politician Aung San Suu Kyi to address Myanmar's problems. ++ Western sanctions should be lifted so that the country can address its economic problems and lock in democratic momentum.