Last night, President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address highlighting many important and pressing issues while missing others.
The clashes between Burmese troops and Kachin rebels is a reminder of the misguided nature of the U.S.' decision to lift all remaining sanctions on Burma.
Violence against Rohingya and continued atrocities committed by the Burmese military in Kachin State suggest that Foreign Policy's honor is untimely.
Despite ongoing grave abuses against ethnic groups, this week President Obama became the first U.S. president to visit Burma. While important reforms have begun in Burma, a presidential visit was a reward too far and sends the wrong message.
As hundreds of thousands of Rohingya live in fear, Obama will be congratulating a government that wants to ethnically cleanse every one of them from Burma.
Aung San Suu Kyi's upcoming visit reminds us that some progress has been made in Burma, but it also highlights the challenges that remain.