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Burma ReduxGlobal Justice and the Quest for Political Reform in Myanmar$
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Ian Holliday

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231161275

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231161275.001.0001

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Inattention and involvement

Inattention and involvement

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Burma Redux

Ian Holliday

Columbia University Press

This chapter analyzes how foreigners have dealt with the Myanmar problem by examining the policies adopted by outsiders over the past quarter-century. The first section provides an overview of the global debate about Myanmar. The second looks at engagement strategies associated mainly with Asian states and a range of humanitarian organizations. The third evaluates the efforts of western states and activist groups to sanction and isolate Myanmar. The final section analyzes the degree of political leverage foreigners have been able to exercise over the dominant military machine and looks for pointers to future involvement. It is argued that external actors have generally fallen far short of their major objectives in shaping Myanmar's politics. The result is that today global policy responses are fiercely contested not only among outsiders, but also among people living and working inside the country.

Keywords:   Myanmar, foreign relations, global debate, Asian states, humanitarian organizations, sanctions, isolation

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