Protesters marching in 2007 during widespread demonstrations in Burma initiated by Buddhist monks. The Open Society Foundations’ Burma Project supports advocates for democratic change in Burma and works to lay the groundwork for a transition to an open society. (© Christian Holst/Edit/ Getty Images)
Laying the Groundwork for an Open Society in Burma
Burma was once one of Southeast Asia’s richest countries. Its paddies produced more rice for export than any on earth. Its overarching jungles yielded three-quarters of the world’s teak. Its jade, pearls, rubies, and sapphires won fame around the globe. Most of Burma’s people were literate. ...