Myanmar: Limited Reforms, Continued Military Dominance
After decades of military rule, Myanmar is experiencing a remarkable period of political change. There are, however, limits to democratization at this stage, as the reform process is largely controlled by military leaders. Myanmar’s efforts to reduce its dependence on China and engage more closely with the global economy have given rise to international competition for influence and access to the country’s natural resources. Still, given the uncertainties about Myanmar’s political future, Western countries should proceed cautiously.
© 2012 Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich