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Myanmar's Growing Regional Role

By Mely Caballero-Anthony, Priscilla Clapp, Catherin E. Dalpino, Abraham M. Denmark, Meredith Miller, and Morten B. Pedersen

Publication Year: 2014

In this NBR Special Report, Priscilla Clapp writes about the influence of domestic issues on Myanmar’s foreign policy; Catharin Dalpino examines the prospects for U.S.-Myanmar relations; Mely Caballero-Anthony discusses Myanmar’s chairmanship of ASEAN; Morten Pedersen analyzes how Myanmar’s policy elites think about the country’s foreign policy during the current time of transition; Abraham Denmark examines Myanmar’s relations with Asia’s major powers—China, India, and Japan; and Meredith Miller considers the economic and trade issues related to Myanmar’s re-emergence.

Published by: National Bureau of Asian Research

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Introduction: Myanmar’s Re-emergence

Meredith Miller and Abraham M. Denmark

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pp. 1-4

...is signaled to the world that the country was prepared to interact with the region in a more robust and serious fashion. Yet Myanmar’s chairmanship, as with so many of the country’s foreign policy decisions, will be primarily driven by domestic political factors. Specifi cally, Naypyidaw views chairing ASEAN as an opportunity...

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1. The Influence of Domestic Issues on Myanmar’s Foreign Policy: A Historical Perspective

Priscilla Clapp

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pp. 5-22

...1988, the military rulers tried to end their self-imposed isolation, but Western countries began applying political and economic sanctions that eff ectively perpetuated isolation for another twenty years. In response, the military...

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2. Second Chance: Prospects for U.S.-Myanmar Relations

Catharin Dalpino

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pp. 23-36

...outcomes to the 2015 elections. Bilateral economic and trade relations are largely free of sanctions but have nonetheless been slow to develop. Cooperation in this area is focused more on positioning Myanmar to benefi t from trade with the U.S. at a future point. As Myanmar becomes the nexus of connectivity on...

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3. Myanmar’s Chairmanship of ASEAN: Challenges and Opportunities

Mely Caballero-Anthony

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pp. 37-52

...Myanmar’s national agenda closely parallels ASEAN’s goals for 2014–15. While the tasks of the chairmanship are daunting, the extent to which Naypyidaw can skillfully navigate the myriad challenges of its political and socioeconomic reforms...

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4. Myanmar Foreign Policy in a Time of Transition

Morten B. Pedersen

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pp. 53-74

...increase interaction with the outside world in pursuit of national development. Over the past three years, the government has thus moved aggressively to normalize Myanmar’s international relations, rebalance bilateral relations with...

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5. Myanmar and Asia’s New Great Game

Abraham M. Denmark

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pp. 75-86

...engagement and development. Moreover, Myanmar’s geographic position puts it at the center of eff orts to increase the interconnectivity of South and Southeast Asia with Northeast Asia, thereby greatly enhancing the country’s strategic value...

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6. Myanmar’s Emerging Role in the Regional Economy

Meredith Miller

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pp. 87-102

...attention have placed increased pressure on the government to make eff ective economic reforms. Th is economic evolution will take decades to unfold, but if successful, Myanmar’s economic re-emergence will enlarge Naypyidaw’s role...


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pp. 103-105

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E-ISBN-13: 9781939131317

Page Count: 112
Publication Year: 2014