Security and Sustainable Development in Myanmar
By Helen James
Routledge – 2009 – 234 pages
Helen James considers security in Myanmar/Burma. She uses the ideas put forward in the United Nations Development Programme's 1994 report, of human, as opposed to state and security, going on to argue that freedom from want, and freedom from fear (of the regime) are in fact mutually supportive ideas, and that the security of the people and the security of the state are in fact in a symbiotic relationship with each other.
Presenting new and significant information of the security concept of Myanmar/Burma, James’ original work considers economic development, health, education, environmental issues, the drugs trade, human rights, minority peoples and political, social and economic reforms, arguing that improved governance, the development of civil society and economic development would both strengthen the state and ensure the security and well-being of its citizens.
Prologue Acknowledgements 1. Introduction: Holistic and Human Security - Concepts and Contexts 2. The Security Discourse in Myanmar - Regime, State and People 3. The Seven Horsemen of the Apocalypes - Strategies for Effective Poverty Alleviation in Myanmar 4. Civil Society and the Political Ecology of Sustainable Development - Empowernment, Opportunity and Participation 5. Myanmar's External Relations in Regional Context - China, Japan, India, Thailand, ASEAN and BIMST-EC - Security Enhancement 6. Myanmar and the West - Sanctions, Security and Engagement Conclusion: Towards a More Civil Society
Helen James is a Visiting Fellow with the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University. She researches Thai and Myanmar history, politics and international relations with particular attention to civil society, human security, governance and sustainable development.