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Karen Stoll Farrell and Sumit Ganguly

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199467242

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199467242.001.0001

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India’s Engagement with Myanmar

India’s Engagement with Myanmar

Regional Security Implications of Acting East Slowly

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Jonah Blank

Oxford University Press

With a self-confident and internationally-minded government in New Delhi, India has an unprecedented opportunity turn its ‘Look East’ Policy into a genuine ‘Act East’ programme. This would advance India’s strategic interests, and would be in harmony with the regional goals of the United States, Japan, and most of the nations of Southeast Asia. But as the BJP’s honeymoon period fades, its potential for major policy initiatives may fade as well. India’s engagement with Myanmar is a microcosm of its relationship with Southeast Asia. New Delhi measures its ties against the pre-1990s stasis, and sees vibrant growth. But Southeast Asian nations—and Myanmar in particular—use their ties to China, the U.S. or other states as a metric, and see India lagging far behind. When engaging its neighbours to the east, India needs less ‘looking’ and more ‘acting’.

Keywords:   India, Myanmar, Burma, Southeast Asia, ASEAN, security, infrastructure, Act East, Narendra Modi, international relations

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