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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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The Indo-Myanmar Border and India’s Security Problems in the East

The Indo-Myanmar Border and India’s Security Problems in the East

(p.90) 4 The Indo-Myanmar Border and India’s Security Problems in the East
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Bertil Lintner

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India’s border with Myanmar is not receiving nearly as much attention from security planners as its other international frontiers. But it is in, along, and across this largely neglected, porous frontier in the east that India is facing some of its most important foreign-policy challenges. In brief, India’s interests in Myanmar should be motivated by four major concerns. The first is New Delhi’s Look East policy. Myanmar is the obvious link between India and lucrative markets in Southeast Asia. New Delhi’s security planners also want to ensure that ethnic Assamese, Manipuri, and Naga rebels are deprived of cross-border sanctuaries in the remote hills of northwestern Myanmar. Thirdly, India’s rapidly expanding economy also needs energy, and New Delhi has shown interest in importing more oil, gas and perhaps even hydroelectric power from Myanmar. Lastly, India wants to keep China’s influence in Myanmar at acceptable levels.

Keywords:   India, Myanmar, Burma, Southeast Asia, Look East, security, international relations, regional security, insurgencies, Naga

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