Burma: Prospects for a Democratic Future

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Robert I. Rotberg
Brookings Institution Press, Jun 1, 1998 - Political Science - 308 pages
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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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Contents

Political Considerations
9
The Evolution and Salience of Burmas National Political Culture
11
Political Values and Political Conflict in Burma
33
On Time Warps and Warped Time Lessons from Burmas Democratic Era
49
From Isolation to Relevance Policy Considerations
69
The Military
85
The Armed Forces and Military Rule in Burma
87
Burmas Role in Regional SecurityPawn or Pivot?
109
Burma The Booming Drug Trade
185
The New Burma Road Paved by Polytechnologies?
197
Foreign Direct Investment in Burma Trends Determinants and Prospects
209
Health and Education
231
The States Role in Education in Burma An Overview
233
Health in Burma An Interpretive Review
247
Looking Forward
267
The Road to Political Recovery The Salience of Politics in Economics
269

Ethnicity and Civil War in Burma Where Is the Rationality?
135
Economic Considerations
151
Development Prospects for Burma Cycles and Trends
153
Drugs and Economic Growth Ethnicity and Exports
165
About the Authors
287
About the Sponsoring Institutions
291
Index
293
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About the author (1998)

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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