Bombings in Myanmar: New Impetus for Community Engagement

Issue & Policy Briefs October 23, 2013, No. 135

A series of recent bombings in Myanmar reveal how complex business interests can derail the peace process and put into jeopardy the country’s democratic transition. Police reports attributed the bombings to a group of businessmen from Karen State, in the southeast of the country, who allegedly attempted to deter foreign investors. Myanmar’s abundance of natural resources means a delicate balancing act is necessary between peace processes and economic development.