Burma: Prospects for a Democratic Future / Edition 2

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Overview

This book examines the origins and consequences of Burma's current policies from military, political, social, and economic perspectives. It analyzes the Asian decision to "constructively engage" Burma, especially in economic affairs, versus the position of the United States and many other Western countries to treat Burma as a pariah. Other chapters focus on the drug trade (Burma produces more than 60 percent of the world's heroin), the growing role of China as Burma's military and economic "big brother," political culture and democratic traditions, the unsustainable nature of current economic growth, shortfalls in education and health systems, and Burma's potential for foreign investment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815775829
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 308
  • Lexile: 1580L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert I. Rotberg is director of the Program on Intrastate Conflict, Conflict Prevention, and Conflict Resolution at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and president of the World Peace Foundation. Rotberg is the author or editor of numerous books, including State Failure and State Weakness in a Time of Terror (Brookings/WPF, 2003).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Myanmar or Burma?
Introduction: Prospects for a Democratic Burma 1
Pt. 1 Political Considerations
1 The Evolution and Salience of Burma's National Political Culture 11
2 Political Values and Political Conflict in Burma 33
3 On Time Warps and Warped Time: Lessons from Burma's "Democratic Era" 49
4 From Isolation to Relevance: Policy Considerations 69
Pt. 2 The Military
5 The Armed Forces and Military Rule in Burma 87
6 Burma's Role in Regional Security - Pawn or Pivot? 109
7 Ethnicity and Civil War in Burma: Where Is the Rationality? 135
Pt. 3 Economic Considerations
8 Development Prospects for Burma: Cycles and Trends 153
9 Drugs and Economic Growth: Ethnicity and Exports 165
10 Burma: The Booming Drug Trade 185
11 The New Burma Road (Paved by Polytechnologies?) 197
12 Foreign Direct Investment in Burma: Trends, Determinants, and Prospects 209
Pt. 4 Health and Education
13 The State's Role in Education in Burma: An Overview 233
14 Health in Burma: An Interpretive Review 247
Pt. 5 Looking Forward
15 The Road to Political Recovery: The Salience of Politics in Economics 269
About the Authors 287
About the Sponsoring Institutions 291
Index 293
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