Published by Rider Books on 14th June 2012, £12.99 trade paperback
The first major book on the contemporary situation in Burma - at a fascinating time of fast-moving change in the country
For more than 50 years, Burma has been ruled by a succession of military regimes which rank among the most oppressive dictatorships in the world. Accused of crimes against humanity, they have brutally mistreated their people.
In 1988, Aung San Suu Kyi, whose father led Burma to independence from British colonial rule just over 40 years before, found herself leading the Burmese democracy movement. The struggle has been a bloody one. Despite winning the Nobel Peace Prize, she endured 15 years of house arrest and survived several attempts on her life. There appeared little hope of change.
Yet within the past year, glimmers of hope have grown and Burma stands at the crossroads of real change. Many challenges still lie ahead, however. Atmospheric change must be turned into institutional, legislative and constitutional change, and a genuine peace process must begin to end decades of civil war between the Burma Army and Burma's ethnic nationalities.
Drawing on his many fact-finding visits to Burma and its borderlands, journalist and human rights advocate Benedict Rogers gives a unique appraisal of Burma's turbulent history, as well as the current situation and its implications for the nation as a whole. Wide-ranging, expertly researched, and full of brand new accounts of the courage and determination of the Burmese people, Burma: A Nation At The Crossroads reveals what is really happening inside this beautiful, secretive, and potentially prosperous country.
Benedict Rogers is a writer and human rights advocate specialising in Asia. Based in London, he works for the international human rights organisation CSW, and is a regular contributor to the Guardian, Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune and The New York Times. He has given briefings and speeches at Oxford University, the LSE, Columbia University, Yale University, the White House, US Congress, European Parliament, and other venues around the world, and appears regularly on television and radio. Focused on Burma for much of the past 15 years, he has travelled almost 40 times to the country and all of its borders. Previous books include Than Shwe: Unmasking Burma's Tyrant and A Land Without Evil: Stopping the Genocide of Burma's Karen People.
Rogers will give a short talk about the book, which will be on sale at the launch.
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