Occupation: Burmese dissident, Nobel laureate
Previous TIME 100 appearances: 2
Aung San Suu Kyi has graced the cover of this magazine many times for her courageous and lonely struggle against the military junta that kept her under house arrest for years. Her struggle against the country's brutal regime has made Suu Kyi, the daughter of Burma's great nationalist hero, into an icon of democracy and won her great popularity and admiration abroad. Yet at home, though now released from her house arrest, she faces a defining moment: Can the Burmese opposition, embattled and divided, really bring change to a country ruthlessly run by the generals?
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