Aung San Suu Kyi, Seizing The Moment: Soaring Hopes & Tough Constraints In Myanmar's Unfolding Democracy

Set in the fall of 2012, this leadership case gives students the chance to grapple with the difficult challenges confronting Myanmar’s opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, after a rapid turn of fortune that took her, over a period of 14 months, from longtime prisoner of conscience to opposition leader in Parliament, openly discussed as the possible future president of Myanmar. The case describes Suu Kyi’s political role in Myanmar during her many years of house arrest and in the two years following her release. Two 3-5-minute video companion pieces (Video A: “Aung San Suu Kyi, ‘Icon of Hope’” and Video B: “Aung San Suu Kyi, Seizing the Moment”) show, respectively, Suu Kyi’s rise as a charismatic leader following her return to Myanmar (1988-1996) and second, her new chapter as a political leader in a fledgling democracy after her release from house arrest (2010-2012). The second video weaves together excerpts from Suu Kyi’s September 2012 talk at the Harvard Kennedy School and visuals illustrating political events and general conditions in Myanmar.

This teaching case is available for purchase here.

Authored by Pamela Varley.

Published by HKS.