The situation in Myanmar is beyond dire. Hundreds of casualties, thousands of arrests, internet and wifi connections intermittent at best, and there is a palpable and real fear that the country is sliding into economic Armageddon. Yet saving Myanmar will take more than merely slogans, empty humanitarian rhetoric, or gestures-driven politicking that eschews actual efficacy in favour of feel-good, congratulatory posturing (for more on the situation, check out Sebastian Strangio, Bilahari Kausikan, Thompson Chau etc. – amongst others – who have written extensively on the events unfolding in the country).
There are three critical tenets that must be established clearly, in order to facilitate a clearer and more clear-headed assessment of the status quo. ...