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Burma after forty years

Burma's recent history, of turmoil and change (including the 1989 renaming to Myanmar), makes it a telling case study for the Asian region at large, in all its cultural, political and economic diversity. The November 2015 landslide election of the National League for Democracy, effectively headed by national icon Aung San Suu Kyi, indicates the altering mood of a country that has borne the effects of colonialism and military oppression for almost two centuries. Continuing the conversations begun with Griffith Review 49: New Asia Now, former diplomat and Burma scholar Andrew Selth takes a timely and insightful look at the evolution of Burma in the forty years since he was first posted to Rangoon.

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