AIIA member Hamish McDonald on Australia’s engagement with Burma…

COMPELLING READ: For Australia, engagement with Burma’s tainted leaders goes back many years, to the Howard government’s decision to start human rights training for the military and police. For the US, Burma has become a new piece on the Asian strategic chequerboard, with the Secretary of Defence, Leon Panetta, last week suggesting joint exercises with its once shunned military. Engagement is an effort to reinforce and reward reform, Carr insists. Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/boom-putting-burma-on-road-to-reality-20120608-201d9.html#ixzz1xul1dK6r

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