Sasakawa USA Forum Issue No. 6
Japan’s Realism and Liberalism
Myanmar, the United States, and Regional Peace in Southeast Asia
In 2011, under the Thein Sein administration, the global community welcomed a “newborn” Myanmar. Now, the future course of the country is receiving attention from various actors in the global arena. Especially in terms of its economic potential, views of Myanmar have been transformed from “isolated state” to “last frontier.” At the same time, Myanmar faces challenges of democratization, national reconciliation, and sustainable development. In the age of globalization, and in pursuit of greater peace in Southeast Asia, it is critical that outside assistance be made available to better ensure the success of Myanmar’s reforms. As a global player, cooperating with its allied partner the United States, Japan is ready to assist Myanmar’s efforts at all levels. In tackling challenges in Myanmar through the mechanism of the U.S.-Japan alliance, Japan’s well-balanced realism and liberalism are required.
About the author
Junjiro Shida is a research associate at Chuo University in Japan and a visiting associate fellow at Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA in Washington D.C. The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author.
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