Selected Clips



“The Lady and the Election,” New York Times, Nov. 6, 2015
“Myanmar prepares to vote amid hopes, doubsts and many dreams,” Christian Science Monitor, Nov. 5 2015,

Myanmar vote: a democracy activist’s story, Christian Science Monitor, Nov. 7,2015

Myanmar election: opposition hails victory but will the military cede power? Christian Science Monitor, Nov. 10, 2015.

“Dissident Thunder; How an Insurgent Movement of Pro-Democracy Activists – from Underground, Exile or Prison – Returned to Take Burma’s Military Junta by Political Storm,” Virginia Quarterly Review, Summer 2012;  (Winner of the 2012 Staige D. Blackford Prize for Nonfiction)

 “Testing Myanmar’s Political Dispensation,” International Herald Tribune, March 29, 2012,

 “Strategies of Dissent Evolving in Burma; Activists Find Political Breathing Room in Humanitarian Nonprofit Groups,” The Washington Post, Aug. 24, 2009,

“The Lady Lives; why Aung San Suu Kyi is still the Inspiration of Burma’s would-be opposition,” Foreign Policy, August 10, 2009,

  “In Burma, Carefully Sowing the Seeds of Resistance: Fragile Opposition Wary of Confrontation,” The Washington Post, Aug. 9, 2009

 “Burma’s Prisons A Caldron of Protest Fury,” The Washington Post, Aug. 2, 2008,

“In Broken Economy, Burmese Improvise or Flee,” The Washington Post, Aug. 16, 2008

 “A New Generation of Activists Arises in Burma; Network Strengthened by Junta’s Crackdown, Cyclone Bungling,” The Washington Post, July 19, 2008,

 “Frustrated Burmese Organize Aid Forays; Ad Hoc Groups Formed in Cyclone’s Aftermath, but Causes May Widen,” The Washington Post, June 20, 2008,  ,

“‘To Be Busy Helps Them Forget’; Burma’s Storm Survivors Cobble Together a Meager Future,” The Washington Post, July 5, 2008,


“Tin Fever,” Virginia Quarterly Review, Fall 2010,

“As Go the Hippos; Under the Weight of Congo’s Civil War, An Ecosystem Collapses,” The Atlantic Monthly, June 2009,

 “A Makeshift Existence: War In E. Congo Has Driven More Than 1 Million People to a Life of Continual Wandering,” The Washington Post, Nov. 9, 2008,

“68 Million Congolese Can’t Be Wrong; it is nationalism that keeps one of the world’s most complicated countries in one place,” Foreign Policy, April 2009,

TransitionsMaliThe Blue People, or Alternatives to the Modern State and Other Desert Mirages,” Virginia Quarterly Review, web link pending Feb. 7, 2013, at:

A valentine's wedding, with help from strangers, Washington Post, Feb, 5, 2008,

In a place of pain and recovery, room to romp, Washington Post, Oct. 15, 2007,

Departures: Brussels Belgium, Virginia Quarterly Review, Jan. 7, 2103,

“Belgians Limp Along, Hobbled By Old Language Barriers,” The Washington Post, Jan. 20, 2008,

“Nap Time and Play Time and Time to Learn Farsi,” The Washington Post, June 24, 2007, 

"On being a Female Reporter", Virginia Quarterly Review, Oct. 19, 2012,