The Newsletter 45 Autumn 2007

Getting beyond image to reality in Burma (Myanmar)

Donald M. Seekins

<p>James, Helen. 2006. <em>Security and Sustainable Development in Myanmar</em>. Abington, UK: Routledge, xvi + 321 pages. ISBN 0 415 35559 1 (hbk), ISBN 0 203 00198 2 (ebk)</p>
<p>Written as a companion volume to her <em>Governance and Civil Society in Myanmar: Education, Health and Environment</em>, published in 2005, Helen James&rsquo;s <em>Security and Sustainable Development in Myanmar</em> asks: Why can&rsquo;t Burma (Myanmar) be treated as a &lsquo;normal&rsquo; Third World country with serious social, economic and human rights problems but also the potential, given international assistance, to gradually evolve into a country that provides its people with enhanced &lsquo;human&rsquo; security, high standards of living and a vibrant civil society as its South-East and East Asian neighbours have done over the past two or three decades?</p>