Burma/Myanmar - Where Now?

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edited by Mikael Gravers and Flemming Ytzen

Recent changes in Burma/Myanmar have been called the 'Burmese democratic spring’. While the international media have mainly focused on the economic opportunities offered by these changes and on the doings and sayings of Aung San Suu Kyi, the reality is far more complex. The country is desperately poor, divided by ethnic and religious rivalries and continues to suffer from some of the world’s most intractable military conflicts while powerful elite factions oppose reform. Where, then, is the country heading? What are the key challenges it will face? Who are likely to be the key players in the unfolding events? What implications are there for international actors in arenas like policy, diplomacy, development and business? With contributions on topics like the political situation, international relations, ethnic and religious rivalries, and the economy, long-time observers of the situation offer insights and analysis that address these issues. The result is a tightly focused volume that will appeal to a broad readership interested in the current situation and its implications.

"This timely volume, nicely illustrated and with useful bibliographies attached to many of the entries, is the product of contributions by twenty-one different authors." - Robert H. Taylor, ASEASUK Newsletter, No.57, Spring 2015

Mikael Gravers is an anthropologist now retired from the University of Aarhus but still active. Widely respected for his research on Burmese issues (especially on the Karen of Burma and Thailand), his Exploring Ethnic Diversity in Burma was published by NIAS Press in 2007.

Flemming Ytzen was an editor and columnist at the Danish daily, Politiken. He has long been engaged in and written on the situation in Myanmar/Burma.

Publication year: 2014
462 pp / 178mm x 119mm
114 figures, 10 maps
ISBN: 978-87-7694-113-0, Paperback
ISBN: 978-87-7694-112-3, Hardback

NIAS Press