Vol. 2 No. 2 (2023): Vol 2, Iss 2, Year 2023

Myanmar’s escalating civil war : Implications for India’s ‘Act East’ policy

Subir Bhaumik
Independent Journalist, India

Published 2023-12-31


  • Myanmar, Civil War, Act East Policy.

How to Cite

Subir Bhaumik, “Myanmar’s escalating civil war : Implications for India’s ‘Act East’ policy”, ijp, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 1–7, Dec. 2023.


Since the February 2021 coup d’état in Myanmar, the nation has descended into a relentless cycle of armed conflict, insurgency, and anarchy, diminishing hopes for an immediate cessation of hostilities or a return to democracy. Despite calls from regional bodies such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the United Nations to halt violence and respect democratic processes, the Burmese military junta has shown no willingness for political concessions or negotiations with the resistance movement. This situation raises concerns about Myanmar becoming a potential flashpoint in Asia, as Western and Chinese involvement supporting rival stakeholders intensifies. While China and Russia seem committed to sustaining the military junta, Western powers advocate for an end to military rule, emphasizing a return to democracy and restructuring Myanmar's federal system to grant autonomy to minority-dominated provinces. The unfolding scenario aligns with Bertil Lintner's concept of the "Great Game East," signifying an increased geopolitical struggle in the region.


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