Security and Sustainable Development in Myanmar

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This book examines security in Myanmar, focusing in particular on Myanmar's response to the international policies which have impacted on its development since 1988. It analyses the nexus between political poverty and economic poverty, arguing that Myanmar's endemic poverty is not merely a collection of unenviable socio-economic indices, but it is also a function of 'political' poverty, of the lack of 'capabilities' for the general population to participate fully in the nation's governance, resources, and future. It demonstrates that freedom from want, and freedom from fear (of the regime) are intimately related, and that economic insecurity is a product of the political insecurity that arises from a lack of secure property rights, a modern legal system, an independent judiciary and the opportunity for most citizens to participate fully in the political governance of their country.

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Helen James is a Visiting Fellow with the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University

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Helen James is a Visiting Fellow with the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University. She researches Thai and Myanmar history, politics and international relations with particular attention to civil society, human security, governance and sustainable development.

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Table of Contents

List of plates     viii
Foreword     ix
Preface     xi
Acknowledgements     xiii
List of abbreviations     xv
Map of Myanmar     xvii
Prologue     1
Introduction: holistic and human security - concepts and contexts     8
The security discourse in Myanmar: regime, state and people     35
The seven horsemen of the apocalypse: strategies for effective poverty alleviation amongst the peoples of the poppy cultures     58
Myanmar's external relations in regional context: security enhancement     103
Myanmar and the West: sanctions, engagement and security     125
Civil society and the political ecology of sustainable development: empowerment, opportunity and participation     141
Conclusion: towards a more civil society?     165
Notes     177
Bibliography     207
Index     221
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