From 'non-interference' to 'constructive engagement'

Contemporary Malaysia-Myanmar relations

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Abstract

Malaysia-Myanmar diplomatic relations were officially established in 1958. As a member of ASEAN, Malaysia had adopted a non-interference policy towards Myanmar's human rights abuse, nevertheless, Malaysia joined those ASEAN members who pushed for acceptance of Myanmar into their regional association. Myanmar eventually became the 8? member of ASEAN in 1997. However, after more than a decade, it appears that neither the ASEAN 'non-interference' policy nor the 'constructive engagement' policy have so far had much success in changing internal conditions in Myanmar. It is the purpose of this article to explore why Malaysia has shifted its approach towards Myanmar from one of 'non-interference' to 'constructive engagement'.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-41
Number of pages41
JournalTamkang Journal of International Affairs
Volume12
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009

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Keywords

  • ASEAN
  • Constructive engagement
  • Diplomatic relations
  • Human rights
  • Isolationist foreign policy
  • Non-interference
  • SE Asia

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  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Strategy and Management
  • Education
  • Business and International Management

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