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The United States and Myanmar: From Antagonists to Security Partners?

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Haacke, Jürgen

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Abstract This article provides an overview both of the considerable makeover that relations between the United States and Myanmar have undergone since Naypyidaw ushered in a programme of wide-ranging reforms, and of the main policy areas in relation to which Washington remains keen to induce further change. The article also aims to explain why, notwithstanding the significant improvement in bilateral relations and the Obama administration's interest in also pursuing military engagement, progress in this field has remained rather limited. Focusing on the politics of US policymaking on Burma, the article argues that while the Obama administration was able to take the initiative on recalibrating US Burma policy, congressional resistance in particular, amid wider concerns shared by non-governmental organisations, has so far constrained the administration vis-à-vis US-Myanmar military-to-military relations. (author's abstract)
Keywords international relations; diplomacy; foreign policy; bilateral relations; security policy; military policy; political reform; reform policy; liberalization; political development; Myanmar; United States of America; international politics; Southeast Asia
Classification International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy
Document language English
Publication Year 2015
Page/Pages p. 55-83
Journal Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, 34 (2015) 2
Issue topic Myanmar's International Relations
ISSN 1868-1034
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-NoDerivs