Nuclear Myanmar; Same Book, Different Cover
Joint Military Operations Department Naval War College Newport United States
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The United States must assume that Myanmars military still intends to develop a nuclear weapon and, as a result, will further destabilize the region. The US must make this assumption despite Myanmars recent progress toward becoming a democracy and their civilian leadership signing of Additional Protocols with the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA in September 2013. The author makes three arguments to corroborate this thesis. First, Myanmars military is still largely in control of the country and their recent statements regarding a nuclear program contradict their civilian leadership position. Second, Myanmars military actions concerning developing a nuclear weapon capability have continued undeterred despite the nations quasi-democratic transition. The final reason is Myanmars lack of nonproliferation progress since signing the Additional Protocols last September indicates that the military does not intend to allow IAEA inspectors access to their clandestine military research sites. The author concludes with recommendations for the United States government and military leaders to compel the Myanmar government and military to cease any nuclear weapon program and allow IAEA inspectors access to suspect Myanmar military facilities.
- Nuclear Weapons
- Government and Political Science