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Meehan, Patrick, Aung Hla, Sai and Kham Phu, Sai (2021) 'Development Zones in Conflict-Affected Borderlands: The Case of Muse, Northern Shan State, Myanmar.' In: Chettri, Mona and Eilenberg, Michael, (eds.), Development Zones in Asian Borderlands. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. (Asian Borderlands)

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How are development zones “made” in conflict-affected borderlands? Addressing this question, this chapter explores the transformation of the Myanmar-China border town of Muse since 1988. Despite ongoing armed conflict in northern Myanmar, Muse has become the country’s most important border development zone and today handles more than 80% of licit overland Myanmar-China trade. It is also a key border hub in China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Policy narratives typically claim that borderland development and regional economic integration offer an antidote to violence, criminality, and illegal practices. This chapter challenges these narratives. It demonstrates how long-standing forms of informal public authority and illegality have become deeply embedded in the technologies of governance that have underpinned Muse’s rise.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Keywords: Illicit economies; borderland development; informal governance; militias; illegal drugs; Belt and Road Initiative
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
ISBN: 9789463726238
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 24 May 2021 16:40
Related URLs: https://www.aup ... ian-borderlands (Publisher URL)
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council

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