I had to highlight President Obama’s trip to Myanmar because it shows that authoritarian regimes can change. However, do I expect an American president to ever travel to North Korea? I do not think it would happen any time soon because the changes required by the Pyongyang regime to be rewarded with such a trip would likely be too much for them to bare. It seems to me the end of the gulags in North Korea would be just one pre-requirement that they could not meet. Anyway I am glad to see that Myanmar appears to be trying to reform itself, but we will see what happens long term because the Chinese are likely to prefer an authoritarian government instead of a representative democracy.
However, I do think that people will need to be very careful to not compare Myanmar to North Korea. Myanmar’s military junta as bad as it was is still no where near as bad as North Korea’s regime. A perfect example is that if Aung Suu Kyi were a North Korean she would have been killed long ago for standing up to the regime and all her family up to three generations would have been sent to the gulags.