"Since the coup in Myanmar on February 1, the international community has
struggled to agree on coherent action against the military (also known as the
Tough action by the UN Security Council has been stymied by China, Russia,
India and Vietnam, who see the Myanmar crisis as an internal affair.
Outside the UN, a strong, coordinated response by Myanmar’s neighbours in the
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has also been lacking due to
their reluctance to interfere in each other’s affairs. Thai political expert
Thitinan Pongsudhirak called it an “existential crisis” for the bloc.
This reluctance, which has now cost the lives of over 500 civilians, rules out
the use of military force to stop the violence, peacekeeping operations or even
a humanitarian intervention.
It has left the international community with one remaining option for a
coordinated response that could change the military’s behaviour: the imposition
of economic sanctions. But even this action has been subject to much debate."
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Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics