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Safeguarding a democratic future for Myanmar
In order to secure the triumph of Myanmar's historical democratization, the United States should review its antiquated and counter-productive sanction policies, Priscilla A. Clapp wrote in a new Council on Foreign Relations' Center for Preventive Action review. If the National League for Democracy headed by Aung San Suu Kyi takes over Myanmar next weekend, the National League for Democracy will take over the long-standing issues that have arisen during half a century of Myanmar's armed rulers.
US aid for a prosperous changeover will help to reinforce the new administration and avoid a re-establishment of warfare. "It makes no point in maintaining reliance on a sanction system aimed primarily at preventing US involvement in Myanmar's business and administration, especially if Myanmar's West and others do not restrict their operations in Myanmar," Clapp said in the Council's Special Report on a Democratic Future for Myanmar.
"Therefore, Washington should reorganize the residual fines and restraints to encourage better behaviour from individual and corporate citizens, rather than punishing poor behaviour." The Center for Preventive Action's three-monthly report, which provides a snap-shot of the world' s trouble spot together with an experts' assessment of ways to avoid and alleviate death.
Clapp, former Head of the U.S. Embassy in Myanmar and lead adviser to the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Asia Society, has argued that over the past five years Myanmar has "transformed from a low-strength US nation into a nation that holds great promise for the U.S.'s key interests in Southeast Asia and beyond".
"Over five dozen years of reigning armies have put much of the land in an almost hostile state, plagued by an oversized domestic armies, a large number of ethnical armies and several hundred militias," she cautions. Mr Clapp makes several other suggestions on how the United States and other world players can help Myanmar's democratically sustainable development, which include extending and co-ordinating overall assistance, contributing to the resolution of the Stateless Rohingya Muslim state, building a closer link with the armed services and enhancing Myanmar's membership of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).