Burma: Prospects for a Democratic Future / Edition 2

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Overview

Burma has been thrown back to an earlier, more nakedly brutal period of dictatorial excess. Since being defeated overwhelmingly in the 1990 elections, the State Peace and Development Council, a steely military junta despite its name, has repressed dissent, detained Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and her colleagues, and violated the human rights and civil liberties of countless Burmese. What to do about Burma is a difficult question. This World Peace Foundation book provides an understanding of why answers are hard and a ready solution is not at hand. Its chapters, written by a number of the world's leading authorities on Burma, discuss the country's history and political culture, its economic and trade prospects, the power of the army, ethnic relations, its educational and health crises, and the drug trade.
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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)

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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