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Corruption in Myanmar - Holding a Country and its People from Economic Prosperity

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Technical Report

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Joint Military Operations Department, Naval War College Newport United States

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In Myanmar, five decades of military rule created a culture where corruption is rampant and accepted as a way of life, significantly impacting and limiting its opportunities for growth. As Myanmar enters a new era of civilian rule, change is in the air and efforts to transition to a democratic government and rule of law are beginning to take place in an attempt to reform and curb corruption. This paper will look at four aspects related to corruption in Myanmar. First, it provides a historical context as to the levels and impacts corruption has had on the countrys citizens and economy. Second, it analyzes anti-corruption reforms the new government has undertaken and how they are being perceived. Third, it highlights actions taken by the international community in response to the effects of corruption and Myanmars ability to attract foreign investors now that reform efforts are underway. Finally, it provides recommendations as to how the government can implement lasting reforms, which will show its citizens and the international community it is serious about combating corruption and improving the countrys economy.

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  • Government and Political Science
  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Sociology and Law

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