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Title: The Road to Naypyitaw: Making Sense of the Myanmar Government's Decision to Move its Capital
Date of publication: November 2006
Description/subject: "In November 2005, the Myanmar government announced its decision to relocate the national capital from Yangon to a place near Pyinmana; the place was later named Naypyitaw. This decision reveals several aspects of the Myanmar government's security thinking. Concern for information security, defence-in-depth against possible foreign invasion, desire to get rid of the colonial past, isolating civil servants from the general public, gaining a sense of control in state-building, and the influence of traditional world views and are some plausible explanations for the relocation..."...Keywords: Myanmar-politics, Myanmar-SPDC; Myanmar-security; Myanmar-cultural; Myanmar-history
Author/creator: Maung Aung Myoe
Language: English
Source/publisher: Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore Working Paper WPS 79
Format/size: pdf (1.1MB)
Date of entry/update: 12 March 2010