Humanitarian Aid and Strategic Pressure

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In an op-ed for the Age (via the Interpreter), Andrew Selth argues that the global community should separate efforts to help the Burmese people form its desire to change the Burmese regime: The harsh reality is that there are few options against a regimethat refuses to observe customary norms of behaviour, puts its survivalbefore the welfare of its people and is protected by its allies. Symbolism is important in international politics, but we also have to be pragmatic. There needs to be a new approach. . . Instead of looking for new ways to punish an entrenched andnationalistic regime, a […]

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