Naypyidaw's Foreign Policy: The End of Limited Alignment with China?
Dr Jürgen Haacke
Senior Lecturer in International Relations, London School of Economics
Room K0.20, King’s Building, Ground Floor, King’s College London (Strand Campus)
4.00-5.30pm, Wednesday 25 January
Since the installment of a nominally civilian government in Naypyidaw in March 2011, significant political developments have occurred in Myanmar that until recently were considered quite unlikely. A key feature of the unfolding events is moreover the rapid improvement and normalization of Myanmar’s ties with the United States, which has been interpreted by many as an attempt to balance Chinese influence in the country. This talk examines Myanmar’s rather complicated relationship with the PRC. In particular, it discusses the nature and management of Myanmar’s foreign relations with China leading up to and during recent military rule. It also aims to offer a preliminary assessment of how improved relations with the major Western countries are likely to affect Myanmar’s foreign policy vis-à-vis China.
About the speaker
Dr Jürgen Haacke is Senior Lecturer in International Relations, LSE. He has written widely on ASEAN and Southeast Asian regional security issues. He is also the author of Myanmar’s Foreign Policy: Domestic Influences and International Implications (2006). Some of his more recent work on Myanmar has been published in International Affairs, The Pacific Review, Contemporary Southeast Asia, Global Responsibility to Protect, and Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs.