The Burma Showdown: What's At Stake for the US
Rena Pederson, Author of The Burma Spring
Sarnata Reynolds, Refugees International

Washington, DC—On August 8, 2015, Rena Pederson, author of The Burma Spring: Aung San Suu Kyi and the New Struggle for the Soul of a Nation, and Sarnata Reynolds, senior advisor on human rights for Refugees International, spoke to the WFPG on the importance and implications of Burma’s upcoming 2015 elections. Pederson discussed life under the military regime in Burma, the country’s human rights violations and role in the production of drugs, as well as its geostrategic significance. Reynolds focused on conflicts in Burma and the plight of the Rohingya, and emphasized that while the elections is an opportunity for positive change, the international community should not ignore the Burmese regime’s treatment of a vulnerable minority population.


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Sarnata Reynolds of Refugees International, WFPG
President Patricia Ellis, and author Rena Pederson


Patricia Ellis moderates the discussion


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Rena Pederson addresses WFPG members and guests


Sarnata Reynolds talks about the plight of the Rohingya


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Speakers discuss Burmese elections


WFPG alumna Becca Balis asks a question

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Rena Pederson on Burma’s strategic position


Eleanor Nagy, former deputy chief of mission of the
US Embassy in Rangoon



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Leila Bham, US Securities & Exchange Commission


WFPG Board Member Dawn Calabia during book signing

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Pederson signing book for Thai Embassy representative


WFPG audience and guests