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U.S. Embassy Rangoon. "Ongoing Conflict in Burma’s Kachin State." Statement, Rangoon, Burma/Myanmar, January 24, 2013. 

Parties: U.S. Embassy Rangoon

Purpose: Expressing concern over ongoing violence in Burma’s Kachin State.

Main Issues: The United States urges the parties to call for a ceasefire and hold a dialogue. It calls on the Government to allow humanitarian agencies' assistance to the civilians in need.


Research Papers

Selth, Andrew. "United States Relations with Burma: From Hostility to Hope," Griffith Asia Institute Regional Outlook 36 (2012).

Summary: "For more than 20 years, the United States pursued a hard line policy toward Burma that was bound to fail. Ostracised by the West, Burma turned to China and other countries for arms, trade and diplomatic support. In terms of both internal controls and external relations, the military government became stronger than it had ever been. The Obama Administration’s more measured approach to Burma since 2009 placed the US in a position where it could respond promptly and positively to this unexpected turn of events." [Author]

Badgley, John H. and Taylor, Robert H. et al. "Reconciling Burma/Myanmar: Essays on U.S. Relations with Burma," The National Bureau of Asian Research VXV (2004). 

Summary: "This issue contains essays on Burma/Myanmar’s strategic situation, political future, socioeconomic concerns, the likely efficacy of the regime’s seven-point road map to political reconciliation and democracy, the actual impact of the current U.S. sanctions, and the challenges facing prospective donors and investors in a post-reconciliation Burma/Myanmar." [The National Bureau of Asian Research.]



Myanmar: What Is in It for the US?. Directed by Inside Story Americas. Qatar: Aljazeera, 2012.
About: Inside Story Americas asks: Why is the US reaching out to Myanmar and what does it stand to gain from doing so? And is Myanmar's president committed to meaningful progress or is he simply serving as the public face of the old junta in its quest to retain power? To discuss this Aljazeera is joined by: Kyaw Win, Doug Bandow and Aung Din.


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