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Myanmar in ASEAN

Regional Cooperation Experience

Mya Than

Publication Year: 2005

Myanmar’s conduct within, and membership of, ASEAN continues to be a topic of interest and debate to those who wish to understand and assess the work of the regional organization as a whole. However, there are few accessible surveys which provide a background to Myanmar’s accession and its growing economic, political and functional engagement and cooperation with the other countries in the regional community. Myanmar in ASEAN discusses the formation of ASEAN, its evolution and its integration process against an overview of the political and economic development of Myanmar. This volume explains and analyses the accession of Myanmar into ASEAN and the political, security and economic impact and implications for Myanmar; key ASEAN documents are included as a reference for students of regional integration.

Published by: ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute


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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quotes

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pp. vii-ix

List of Tables and Boxes

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pp. x-xi

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pp. xii-xiii

The objective of this book is to help tertiary students of economics, history, international studies and economic geography in Myanmar to widen their knowledge of ASEAN and its integration process in general and ASEAN-Myanmar cooperation and Myanmar’s accession to ASEAN in particular. ...

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p. xiv

First of all, I would like to thank Dr Lau Sim Yee, Program Advisor, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF), for his encouragement and trust in me to prepare this work. My thanks also go to my friends and colleagues U Myat Thein (former Rector of the Institute of Economics, Yangon), Dr Tin Maung Maung Than ...

Abbreviations, ASEAN Organizational Structure

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pp. xv-xix

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1. Introduction: Southeast Asia, Myanmar and ASEAN

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pp. 1-10

Before the Second World War, historians and geographers, especially Western academics, divided Asia into two — the Near East and the Far East. Present-day Southeast Asia was included in the Far East. However, the term “Southeast Asia” was occasionally used by European, especially German writers, in the late 19th century. ...

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2. ASEAN: Evolution of Regional Cooperation in Southeast Asia

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pp. 11-58

The Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a regional cooperative organization established by the Bangkok Declaration on 8 August 1967 (Appendix I). The founding members of ASEAN are Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Actually, attempts for regional cooperation among the Southeast Asian countries started much earlier. ...

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3. Political and Economic Development of Myanmar: An Overview

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pp. 59-82

The history of Myanmar can be described as one long series of internecine warfare, with development and peace between the wars. There have been independent kingdoms at Arakan (Rakhine), Pegu (Bago), Tavoy (Dawei), Prome (Pyay), Toungoo and Ava (Innwa). The stronger and dominant kingdom varied from time to time. ...

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4. Myanmar in ASEAN

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pp. 83-90

Myanmar was allowed to become an observer of the regional association at the 29th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM) held in Jakarta in July 1996 and one month later, the country applied for full membership. At the special AMM in Kuala Lumpur on 31 May 1997, it was decided that Myanmar would be accepted as a fullfledged member ...

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5. Myanmar-ASEAN Cooperation for Development

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pp. 91-120

As mentioned in the previous chapter, Myanmar has participated in all the various ASEAN activities: political and security cooperation, economic cooperation and functional cooperation. This chapter depicts and analyses Myanmar’s cooperation in the political, security, economic and social areas. ...

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6. Conclusion: Issues and Challenges

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pp. 121-126

As mentioned in previous sections, ASEAN has had more success in political than in economic cooperation while functional cooperation has become the weakest link. There has been relative peace and stability in the region since 1967 when ASEAN was established. Its credibility is firmly established in international forums. ...

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pp. 127-128

Two significant events related to Myanmar’s accession to ASEAN occurred in late 2003 and early 2004. In June 2003, unexpectedly, the 36th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting issued a joint statement in Phnom Penh, demanding the release of the opposition leader of Myanmar. Many ASEAN watchers consider this unprecedented for the regional organization ...


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pp. 129-136

Appendix: Basic ASEAN Documents

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pp. 137-210


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pp. 211-215

E-ISBN-13: 9789812305244
Print-ISBN-13: 9789812302106

Page Count: 205
Publication Year: 2005

Edition: 1

OCLC Number: 751691113
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Subject Headings

  • ASEAN.
  • Regionalism -- Southeast Asia.
  • Burma -- Foreign relations -- Southeast Asia.
  • Southeast Asia -- Foreign relations -- Burma.
  • Burma -- Foreign economic relations -- Southeast Asia.
  • Southeast Asia -- Foreign economic relations -- Burma.
  • Burma -- Politics and government -- 1948-.
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