Myanmar, also known as Burma, has seen decades of ethnic conflict and corrupt military rule stifle its considerable economic prospects. With an advantageous geographic location, abundant natural resources and ample labor force, Myanmar has the ingredients needed to become a regional economic power. A win by pro-democracy groups in last November’s elections offers a sign that the country could begin to make its first wobbly steps toward taking advantage of its opportunities. However, says GIS guest expert Brendan O’Reilly, deep ethnic fault lines continue to threaten Myanmar’s progress.

On November 8, 2015, the National League for Democracy (NLD) party, led by Nobel Peace Prize laureat...

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Beijing could also use any riots targeting Myanmar’s Chinese minority as a pretext for military intervention. Myanmar could therefore become not only a scene of ethnic conflict, but also a battleground of various regional and global powers
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