- By Isaac Stone FishIsaac Stone Fish is Asia editor at Foreign Policy, where he edits, reports, and writes stories from across the region. Previously a Beijing correspondent for Newsweek, Isaac wrote stories on such subjects as the Dalai Lama’s effect on international trade, China’s love affair with rogue states, and crystal meth in North Korea, a country he has visited twice. A fluent Mandarin speaker, Isaac spent seven years living in China prior to joining FP; he has traveled widely in the region and in China. His articles have also appeared in the New York Times, the Economist, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, and he has appeared as a commentator on MSNBC, BBC, NPR, Al-Jazeera, and PRI, among others.
On Monday, Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Burma. It was just the latest in a series of hurdles Burma has crossed over the last fifteen months on its journey from a pariah state to a darling of investors, NGOs, and aid organizations: this week the U.S. government announced $170 million in aid for the country over the next two years. In the latest installment of Foreign Policy’s collaboration with Bloggingheads, I interviewed Min Zin, an exiled Burmese journalist now at University of California, Berkley and FP contributor, to discuss how the Chinese lost Burma, what the lifting of censorship means for local journalists, and how to deal with the fact that Burma’s fearsome military still runs most of the country.