Changing Myanmar: International Diplomacy and the Futility of Isolation

Christopher Roberts

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    This article examines the evolution of foreign relations with Myanmar. Due to increased trade with Myanmar and a rise in its strategic importance for countries such as China and India, attempts to enforce change through isolation have become increasingly futile. Despite this situation, the military regime has recently embarked on a series of political reforms that have the potential to improve the quality of governance and level of political freedom within the country. While some key leaders in the West are now acknowledging a degree of political progress inside Myanmar, the country continues to face Western sanctions and remains largely isolated from humanitarian aid. However, this article argues that the only choice is for the West to strengthen the present level of engagement and aid.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)77-101
    JournalSecurity Challenges
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


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