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.
Robert I. Rotberg
January 31, 2003
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).