Myanmar in 2005 experienced the aftermath of the purge of Khin Nyunt's Military Intelligence Faction, withdrew from chairing the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in 2006, and expanded relations with China and India. The aborted domestic reform program (1997––2004) and deteriorating relations with the ethnic minority ceasefire groups showed the State Peace and Development Council's inability to come to grips with Myanmar's severe economic and social problems.
Myanmar in 2005: In a Holding Pattern
Dr. Helen James is a Visiting Fellow in the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, the Asia-Pacific School of Economics and Government, and the Research School of Social Sciences, at the Australian National University. She researches and publishes on the politics, history, and international relations of Myanmar, Thailand, and the Southeast Asian region.
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Helen James; Myanmar in 2005: In a Holding Pattern. Asian Survey 1 February 2006; 46 (1): 162–167. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2006.46.1.162
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