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Lertchavalitsakul, Busarin and Meehan, Patrick (2020) 'Myanmar’s Contested Borderlands: Uneven Development and Ongoing Armed Conflict.' In: Simpson, Adam and Farrelly, Nicholas, (eds.), Myanmar : Politics, Economy and Society. London: Routledge.

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Attempts to assert control over the country’s borderlands have been a central dynamic of the statebuilding agendas of successive governments in Myanmar, albeit a deeply conflictual one in light of the fact that the power and legitimacy of the state has been historically weak and contested throughout much of the country. This chapter explores the unresolved issues surrounding the distribution of power between centre and borderlands that have shaped the mentalities of both the central government and border-based opposition groups since Myanmar’s independence, and the diverse patterns of cross-border interactions that connect Myanmar’s borderlands to the wider region.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Keywords: Borderlands; Myanmar; China; conflict; Development
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
ISBN: 9780367110444
Copyright Statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Simpson, Adam and Farrelly, Nicholas, (eds.), Myanmar : Politics, Economy and Society. London: Routledge, 2020. Available online:
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Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2020 15:44
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council

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