Bangladesh and Burma: Background and Issues

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Brandon E. Stromberg (Editor)

Series: Asian Political, Economic and Security Issues; Foreign Policy of the United States

This book explores the historical background and political and strategic developments in both Bangladesh and Burma. Bangladesh is a densely populated and poor nation in South Asia. Roughly 80% of its population lives on less than $2 a day. Bangladesh suffers from high levels of corruption and an at times faltering democratic system that have been subject to pressure from the military. Transnational organized crime groups in Burma (Myanmar) operate a multi-billion dollar criminal industry that stretches across Southeast Asia . Trafficked drugs, humans, wildlife, gems, timber, and other contraband flow through Burma, supporting the illicit demands of the region and beyond. Transnational crime in Burma bears upon U.S. interests as it threatens regional security in Southeast Asia and bolsters a regime that fosters a culture of corruption and disrespect for the rule of law and human rights.
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Preface

Bangladesh: Political and Strategic Developments and U.S. Interests, pp. 1-28
(Bruce Vaughn)

Bangladesh: Background and U.S. Relations, pp. 29-49
(Bruce Vaughn)

Burma’s 2010 Elections: Implications of the New Constitution and Election Law, pp. 51-77
(Michael F. Martin)

Burma and Transnational Crime, pp. 79-98
(Liana Sun Wyler)

Burma: Economic Sanctions, pp. 99-105
(Larry A. Niksch, Martin A. Weiss)

Statement of Senator Richard G. Lugar, East Asian and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee of the Foreign Relations Committee, pp. 107-108

Testimony of Kurt Campbell, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, before the Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Hearing on “U.S. Policy toward Burma”, pp. 109-113

Testimony of Dr. Thant Myint-U, before the East Asia Sub-Committee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, pp. 115-123

Testimony of David I. Steinberg, Professor, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee om Asia and Pacific Affairs, Hearings on Burma, pp. 125-138

Testimony of David C. Williams, Executive Director, Center for Consitutional Democracy, John S. Hastings Professor of Law, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia and Pacific Affairs, Hearing on “U.S. Policy toward Burma: Its Impact and Effectiveness”, pp. 139-148

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