Support student awareness of the history of the former hermit-state Myanmar and the new challenges it faces as it reforms with this PBS NewsHour video and educational resources from April 16, 2014. Myanmar, rocked by civil strife, has been isolated from the world for more than half a century. In recent years, the government has been proposing democratic reforms and peace treaties with ethnic groups, prompting the United States to lift most sanctions. But, how does a country move from being closed to being a more open society, and who is to gain? For further background and materials to support student understanding of the issue see the Teacher’s Guide, Student Handout, and Informational Text in Support Materials.