Action on Ukraine, Quiescence on Myanmar
From a thirty-thousand foot view, Myanmar and Ukraine lend themselves to comparison, but the differences in international response are revealing. Why have many countries in the Indo-Pacific responded more forcefully to Ukraine than to Myanmar? Ye Myo Hein and Lucas Myers argue that the "democracy versus authoritarianism" framing is not persuasive to many regional actors, who are more interested in defending the norms of sovereignty and territorial integrity. Additionally, their findings expose differences in risk tolerance and interests regarding global order between Russia and China.
These findings suggest that, for Myanmar, a more effective narrative from Washington would center on the risk that a military regime poses to stability and regional order as a pro-revisionist rogue actor.
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