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Soldiers and Diplomacy in Burma: Understanding the Foreign Relations of the Burmese Praetorian State

Soldiers and Diplomacy in Burma: Understanding the Foreign Relations of the Burmese Praetorian State (Paperback)

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Soldiers and Diplomacy in Burma explores Burma's relations with the outside world since independence in 1948, and addresses the key question of the ongoing role of the military in Burma's foreign policy in a post-junta context. 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, arguing that key elements of continuity underlie Burma's striking postcolonial policy changes and contrasting diplomatic practices, which have moved between pro-active diplomacies of neutralism and non-alignment, and autarkical policies of isolation and xenophobic nationalism. The formidable dominance of the Burmese armed forces over state structure, as well as the enduring domestic political conundrum and the peculiar geography of a country located at the crossroads of India, China and Southeast Asia, all have greatly influenced the definition and evolution of Burma's foreign relations over the years. 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.

History & PoliticsMilitary StudiesTheory of warfare & military scienceHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentInternational relationsHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyAsian history Publisher: NUS Press Publication Date: 10/06/2013 ISBN-13: 9789971696733  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Renaud Egreteau is a Research Assistant Professor with the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences at The Universtiy of Hong Kong. Larry Jagan is a journalist and political analyst based in Bangkok.

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