Myanmar’s Contested Borderlands: Uneven Development and Ongoing Armed Conflict

Busarin Lertchavalitsakul, Patrick Meehan

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Attempts to assert control over the country’s borderlands have been a central dynamic of the state-building agendas of successive governments in Myanmar, albeit a deeply conflictual one in light of the fact that the power and legitimacy of the state has been historically weak and contested throughout much of the country. This chapter explores the unresolved issues surrounding the distribution of power between centre and borderlands that have shaped the mentalities of both the central government and border-based opposition groups since Myanmar’s independence, and the diverse patterns of cross-border interactions that connect Myanmar’s borderlands to the wider region.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMyanmar
Subtitle of host publicationPolitics, Economy and Society
EditorsAdam Simpson, Nicholas Farrelly
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780429024443
ISBN (Print)9780367110444, 9780367110352
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sept 2020


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