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Teen building Burmese democracy

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Akshan de Alwis of Sharon created the Youth for Youth Democracy Building in Burma last year. He has also written about countries in political transition for the Diplomatic Courier and the Turkish Policy Quarterly. His latest essays are on political transition in Egypt, Iran, Pakistan and the Application of the Responsibility to Protect Doctrine in Syria.

He also recently won a national gold medal for writing in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program, and his piece was selected as part of the Anthology of Best Teen Writing of 2013. And he’s just getting warmed up: The incoming senior at Noble and Greenough School in Dedham turns 17 on Sept. 12.

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