BEST ONE of the 16 Ways to Fix Burma..Source: 16 Ways to Fix BurmaOn the eve of the country’s historic elections, 16 experts give us their prescriptions for the future. ByBrian Joseph: Create a multi-ethnic state
Burma’s transition to democracy will be long and difficult. There is virtually no sector that doesn’t require massive and essential investment. Yet, one priority trumps all others — building a truly multi-ethnic state. For 50 years, the military has ensured the territorial integrity of the state through a combination of violence, repression, and political opportunism. As the military recedes from power and democracy begins to take hold, resolving the political divide between the ethnic nationality periphery and the ethnically Burman center will take on a new urgency.