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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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Intercession and investment

Intercession and investment

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Burma Redux

Ian Holliday

Columbia University Press

This chapter investigates the practical contributions that outsiders willing to follow the dictates of global justice might make to political change in Myanmar through intercession and investment. It makes a cautious case for discursive intervention. Its core aim is to show how intercession and investment, designed as twinned parts of a unified and responsive strategy, can partner and reinforce the indigenous pursuit of national reconciliation and sustainable democracy. The chapter is organized as follows. The first section surveys both discursive and assertive possibilities, and for three main reasons argues for discursive. The second looks in some detail at practical ways forward within this domain, and outlines an agenda going well beyond business as usual for outsiders. The third section follows up by considering the external actors who might be drawn in to implement this agenda, and by arguing for foreigners to invest in reform through aid agency action and calibrated corporate engagement. The final section reviews the interventionist strategy sketched here and assesses its potential political impact.

Keywords:   Myanmar, discursive intervention, foreigners, global justice, political change, intercession, investment

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