From Sanctions to Engagement: The Need for a New Policy Towards Myanmar

Issue & Policy Briefs January 12, 2011, No. 50

After close to two decades of sanctions against Myanmar, it is time to acknowledge that this strategy has not done much to promote positive development in Myanmar. Instead, it has rather served to strengthen the regime, thwart economic development, and isolate Myanmar from any Western political influence. What is now needed is a comprehensive and long-term strategy of pro-engagement, aiming to encourage and reinforce positive political and economic development.