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Myanmar: An Analysis of Political Economy - Myanmar
Myanmar has been undergoing a process of policy reform since 2011 after almost 50 years of armed conflict and the 2010 general election manipulated for the benefit of the USDP (Military Union Solidarity and Development Party). Ongoing clout in the armed forces, continuing difficulties with capacities in Myanmar's governing bodies and parliaments, poor policy representative capacities and administration capacities, however, raise serious issues about the essence of democratisation in Myanmar.
However, the country's policy course is still open, although the most likely outcome of the next parliamentary election in 2020 will be a continuing, albeit slower democratisation proces. It is therefore important for the development and implementation of "politically intelligent" policies to promote substantial democracies and trans-nation. Myanmar's present state of politics must be seen in the long past of government.
It was the military's main interest to safeguard the nation's independence, unification and instability. A number of policy reform came with the 2011 regime changes in order to promote fundamental citizenship, election democracies and indigenous people. As of 2011, these reform also opened the way for the West to sanction or sanction suspension and capacity-building, and for UN organizations and NGOs to increase their involvement in Myanmar.
So Myanmar is a long and sustained focus on state building - but the state was ruled by the army, although a certain amount of force was delegated to a NLD-led civil rule, and the state's power, capability and legality remains intact. Survival of war imprisonment.
Myanmar's armed forces are the most important economical and politic power in the country. The state' s independence is particularly restricted by the armed forces' economical and ploy. Constitution and other legislation provide the state with a certain degree of independence vis-à-vis the army. This' military'state capture' is the prime statement of the nature of the state and the continuing challenge of controversial state power, constrained state capability and poor credentials.
The transformation of civil-military relationships continues to be the central challenges for a substantive solution to conflicts, democratisation and regionalisation. At the heart of the state' s armed forces and the centrality of the state are obvious barriers to the peacemaking proces. Burma is a unified state, with moderate decentralisation to regions/states and self-governing areas and departments.
The sovereignty of the state, however, is challenged by several ethnically armoured organisations, resulting in a complicated patchwork of state and non-state actors' regional controls and administer. Insufficient authoritative power or accessibility can reduce the efficiency of policy reform and assistance programs. The establishment of state authorities has focused on the issue of the integration of minority communities into the periphery: For Myanmar, the resolution of internal conflict is still an urgent issue.
There is also a great deal of distrust between the NLD administration and the public sector, due to the army's history and the loyalty of many red tape. In 2008, the Constitution and the ensuing policy reform led to a certain decentralisation from the trade unions to the state and region levels. The competences and competences defined in the legislative list of the region and the State of Hluttaw, however, shall continue to be restricted.
Also, state/regional government has a finite income basis and continues to depend on trade unions, although many ethnical states are wealthy in precious physical assets. The Constitution confers a certain amount of taxpayer money-making power on the states/regions' government, but it is restricted to less precious sources. Myanmar remains in the reds class of high-risk states in the 2017 Fragile States Index by the FEP.
While most Myanmar residents are in favour of democratisation, their understanding and ideas may differ. There are many who recognise that Myanmar's democratic system is poor and that confidence in its policymakers is low. People' s involvement is restricted - a great challange for the state' s credibility, despite the success of election democratisation, with the NLD' s election win in 2015 providing powerful backing for democratisation.
Asked what is most important now - either in terms of government or economics - most Myanmar residents choose economics (Welsh & Huang 2016a). This is the Tatmadaw Forces. Tatmadaw has long been the most powerful policy-maker. Its self-image is that of a professionally trained force that safeguards the souvereignty and unification of the Union of Myanmar, but it is not under democratically controlled politics.
Rather, the Tatmadaw itself has become the foundation for the creation of an economical élite and has thus become economically self-interested in the continued reign of the war. The change in civil-military relationships, i.e. the reinforcement of the state's independence from strategic economical and politic moves, is a central demand for Myanmar's policy reforms.
Issues of the economy seem to lie somewhere between these two extremes. Anthropic Weapons of Defence (EAOs). There are many different kinds of EAOs in Myanmar, very different in terms of ethnical identities, strategic capabilities and operational tactics towards the Myanmar government and the United States. In the past and today, the core issues among EAOs are how to form ethical coalitions and become involved with the state to reach self-determination and equity within a state.
Burma has a multilayered civic community with many different kinds of social organisations, from grass-roots groups to more organised and professional NGOs. They play various functions in the contexts of restricted state presences and capacities and conflicts (mutual self-help, human aid, provision of government services and policy advocacy) as well as in sophisticated relationships between the CSO and the state.
In particular after Cyclone Nargis in 2008 and the extension of the policy area since 2011, there has been significant increase in the number of policy areas, but most policy areas still have restricted policy coverage and clout. Religions have a long tradition of delivering important service to Myanmar community, particularly in the areas of literacy, healthcare and social aid, which includes the provision of emergency aid to internally-displaced people.
Myanmar's powerful and intricate connections between Buddhism and politics have supported the recent revival of Buddhist nationism. Burma is strongly affected by outside stakeholders, with ASEAN, Australia, China, the EU, India, Japan, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand and the US being particularly important. Democracy was primarily motivated by the interest of the ruling army in transforming Myanmar's relationship with the West (especially the US) and thereby achieving a lever effect vis-à-vis China.
Following the 2015 election, China gained renewed clout, not least through its proactive involvement in the Myanmar peacemaking talks, along with an effort to improve its reputation through CSR programs and involvement with a wide variety of interest groups. Major Belt and Road Initiative Chinese dam and infrastructural initiatives have helped to reinforce Myanmar's relationship with and dependency on China.
Meanwhile, ASEAN has gradually devised a progressively positive commitment to Myanmar. Other ASEAN member states are more advanced than Myanmar and provide impulses for the reform-oriented catching-up process of the state. Burma has one of the fastestgrowing South-East Asian markets with annual GDP expansion of 7.5% over the 2012-2016 years.
The young people of the countrys economy, which will generate high consumer and income increases in the 2015-2025 region, are one reason for this fast pace of expansion. The members of the inner-city centre in the areas where Bamar dominates were the main recipients of the new reform, while the financial advantages for the countryside were less evident, particularly in conflict-affected ethnical states where colonisation was high.
Burma has an urgent need for FDI. Myanmar has the largest need for investments in the energy industry among the Southeast Asian states. During 2016-2017 the speed of the economy reforms became more and more prudent and concerned (Vakulchuk et al. 2017). Restricted infrastructures remain a big obstacle to the economy - for example, only 37% of the populace have easy acces to electric energy (World Bank 2017a).
Farming contributes the most to GDP (more than 35% in 2014) and accounts for more than 65% of the workforce, but the oil industry is likely to lead the way in producing GDPs. It is underpinned by informally elitist agreements that were consolidated under the army age, in which many members of the army and cronies are involved.
While Myanmar has progressively strengthened its position in the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index and has risen from 157 in 2013 to 136 out of 176 in 2016 (Transparency International 2017), the incidence of bribery is still high and omnipresent. Added to this are the unstable politics and the Rakhine crises, which are of great concern to migrants.
Hydroelectric power production is disputed in Myanmar. This is fuelling inter-ethnical conflicts in various parts of the countryside and should continue to be an important cause of internal and external friction in the near-term. The NLD administration is an increasing attempt by China and other overseas businesses to consult civic organisations, but with little or no results.
Burma is abundant in on- and off-shore hydrocarbons. Myanmar still imports a significant proportion of its gasoline and diesels, mainly from Singapore and Thailand, due to constraints on domestic production capacities. Burma is suffering from massive forest clearing, which has been accelerating in recent years. The conclusion of a peacemaking treaty could exert further pressures on forestry and speed up deforestation: if the gunmen who previously control different areas of woodland put down weapons, these areas will be available for businesses dealing with illicit timber harvesting.
Controlling the use of the world' s biological diversity is a key factor in fighting disputes in ethnical areas. It reinforces the military's interest in retaining oversight and thus increases the risk of bribery, breaches of international law and ongoing wars. Certain areas challenged or controversial by ethnically based groups have concurrent management schemes for managing them.
The distribution of the richness of natural ressources is therefore a central issue of decentralisation and resolving conflicts. Following its opening in 2012, Myanmar drew a large number of multinational organisations and donor organisations. Myanmar, however, is still in a very sensitive period, and outside assistance can be crucial to the NLD government's capacity to implement envisaged reform.
Increased engagement by non-German donor countries also carries certain risk, as the state is only in a position to receive help to a certain extent. In addition, some Kyrgyz authorities believe that not all Myanmar-based global advisors have adequate national experience. Burma needs intelligent humanitarian relief that can take into consideration the many aspects of the area.
Reasons for ethnical tension. Myanmar's ethnical struggles have profound historic origins and focus on policy issues such as the state, power-sharing and ethnical inequality. In the view of the great EAO, there can be no genuine freedom without policy negotiation on issues of ethnical self-determination and federation. The key causes of ethical disputes are maladministration in connection with ethical self-determination, representativeness and equal rights, war-related problems of safety and develoment as well as distrust and resentments caused by unsuccessful peacemaking and warfare.
peacemaking initiatives as well There is agreement among the various communities that only policy negotiation on self-determination, federation and racial equity can solve the country's racial tension. NLD government's peacemaking processes revolve around the "Peace Conference of the Union" (Panglong Conference of the 21. century). Crucial to shaping the processes is sequencing: what should come first, whether it involves negotiating a federation or supplying weapons in a national cease-fire as a prerequisite for policy dialog?
It is unlikely that the policy making will lead to a substantial and sustainable peaceful settlement without the involvement and impact of the large EAO. Moreover, there has been little headway in the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) on it.
There are three major causes of immigration in Myanmar: extreme poverty, violence, ethnical conflicts and catastrophes. Myanmar was also considered the 8th biggest refugee destination in 2016 (UNHCR 2016: 17). In the case of compulsory immigration, the position between 2007 and 2017 was even poorer than before the UNHCR 2017 war.
There could be some room for migrant workers to go back home, and Myanmar needs those who fulfill the many new role in its changing population. Net emigration from Myanmar, however, is expected to rise and become more diversified in the years ahead as neighboring countries' respective economic systems and connections with Myanmar further expand.
Burma is one of the most affected nations by global warming (Kreft et al. 2017: 6). Public sector bodies need a better knowledge of the impact of climate changes - both on Myanmar and through neighboring states such as Bangladesh (Overland et al. 2017). Burmese civil servants have little technological capability to take part in and conduct or enforce global negotiation on global warming or implementation of the EPA.
Burma therefore urgently needs assistance to strengthen its technological capacity. Although it may be an isolated and distant issue for a much more urgent concern nation, the impact of global warming on Myanmar is more immediate than anticipated and is likely to be even greater in the distant aftermath.
Myanmar was considered one of the most oppressing nations in the history of the war. In the 2016/2017 Business Report of HRW and Amnesty ltd, violations of HRW and Amnesty ltd are highlighted in connection with ethnical conflict, discriminations and violations against the Rohingya minorities, limitations of the right of expression, abuse of women's liberties and limited intern. control.
Mr Aung San Suu Kyi has been criticised by the multinational fellowship for failing to act and remain silent about the Rohingya crises and for doing little to avoid serious violations of humanitarian law by the army against a stateless fellowship that is not recognised by either Myanmar or Bangladesh. NLD leaders point to the true strength of the army and the danger of a resumption of armed forces, either through a putsch or through elections.
Rakhine's domestic and international conflicts have become politicised. The NLD has the capacity to destabilise the NLD administration and to further secure politics in Myanmar. It can also be used in a strategic way for the double objective of destabilisation and securitisation, especially by players within the war. Womens civic and gender freedoms are largely curtailed, their mobility is hampered and there are no specific statutory regulations for the involvement of womens in policy making at either grassroots or domestic level.