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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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Intervention and interaction

Intervention and interaction

(p.145) 7 Intervention and interaction
Burma Redux

Ian Holliday

Columbia University Press

From the standpoint of global justice, a prima facie case for external engagement with Myanmar is readily made. Viewed solely from that perspective, however, the demands of justice can be established only very imprecisely. While a small set of perfect duties can perhaps be identified and necessary tasks of repair specified, a much larger set of imperfect duties generates few clear pointers to action. This chapter follows up by developing a procedure to help sort distinct modes of engagement and allow for justifiable choices to be made between alternatives. It also seeks to ensure that both rights-bearers and duty-bearers are brought within the frame, and that the opinions of people likely to be most affected by any cross-border action are fully heard. The first section examines the core concept of intervention. The second turns to the ethics of intervention, drawing on the long tradition of just war theorizing to develop a framework for use in wider contexts than simply warfare. The third examines how and by whom interventionist options might properly and fairly be considered. The fourth takes the resultant concept of interactive intervention and applies it to Myanmar.

Keywords:   Myanmar, global justice, intervention, political affairs

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