India claims it will “look east” in its foreign policy, but it continues to be distracted by the West. Meanwhile, China is becoming a more attractive partner for others in the region.
Myanmar’s abundant natural resources have served as the country’s main export revenue, but have also been a primary driver of conflict in ethnic areas. What should the newly elected government do to improve the governance of resource wealth in the country, and how can the international community assist?
At a time when Asia is undergoing truly astounding economic, political, and security changes, the narrative of the region’s seemingly endless rise has predominated. Yet Asia’s economic success remains mired in virtually all of the world’s most pressing security and political problems.
Constrained by their adherence to the principle of non-interference, Asian democracies have been reluctant to proactively push Burma toward democratization.
By April 1 Myanmar will have elected its new president, heralding the end of over six decades of authoritarianism. But the new administration faces daunting economic, social, and political challenges.
Myanmar’s new parliament will begin deliberations in late January 2016, and a new president will be elected in March. But there is no certainty that the transfer of power will be smooth or peaceful—or whether it will happen at all.
Aung San Suu Kyi and the NLD have won a history victory in Myanmar’s elections. Now comes a greater challenge: actually governing.
Seventy years after World War II, Southeast Asia stands at a crossroads amid multilateral trade negotiations, economic integration initiatives, political turmoil, and the establishment of new development institutions and regional governance frameworks.
Though Asia remains the fastest growing region globally, its growth rate is slowing. Are the policies of countries in the region robust enough to deal with external exigencies, and how successful will they be?
Myanmar taken a step forward in clearly identifying its reform priorities, but identifying what needs to be done is a far easier task than figuring out how it should be done.