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Author Egreteau, Renaud, author.

Title Soldiers and diplomacy in Burma : understanding the foreign relations of the Burmese praetorian state / Renaud Egreteau and Larry Jagan.

Published Singapore : Published by NUS Press in association with IRASEC, [2013]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  327.591 EGRE    AVAILABLE
1 copy ordered for UniM Bail on 01-03-2017.
Physical description xv, 541 pages : map ; 23 cm.
Series IRASEC-NUS Press publications on contemporary Southeast Asia
IRASEC-NUS Press publications on contemporary Southeast Asia.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 484-527) and index.
Contents Introduction Locating Burma is the 21st Century -- Chapter 1 Burma, A Praetorian State -- Chapter 2 The Securitization of Burma's Postcolonial Foreign Policy (1948-1988) -- Chapter 3 Post-1988 Ostracisms: Isolation Reworked -- Chapter 4 China, India, and Burma's Geopolitics of Centrality -- Chapter 5 Reimagining Burma's Security and Foreign Relations for the 21st Century -- Conclusion Burma toward Normalization? A Post-Junta Interpretation for the 2010s.
Summary Soldiers and Diplomacy addresses the key question of the ongoing role of the military in Burma's foreign policy. The co-authors, a political scientist and a former top Asia editor for the BBC, provide a fresh perspective on Burma's foreign and security policies, which have shifted between pro-active diplomacies of neutralism and non-alignment, and autarkical policies of isolation and xenophobic nationalism. The authors argue that key elements of continuity underlie Burma's striking postcolonial policy changes and contrasting diplomatic practices, Among the defining factors here are the formidable dominance of the Burmese armed forces over state structure, the enduring domestic political conundrum and the peculiar geography of a country located at the crossroads of India, China and Southeast Asia. The authors argue that the Burmese military still has the tools needed to retain their praetorian influence over the country's foreign policy in the post-junta context of the 2010s. For international policymakers, potential foreign investors and Burma's immediate neighbors, this will have strong implications in terms of the country's foreign policy approach.
Language notes In English.
Other author Jagan, Larry, author.
Subject Burma -- Foreign relations -- 1948-
Burma -- Politics and government -- 1948-
Burma -- Armed Forces -- Political activity.
ISBN 9789971696733