The U.S. and the EU employ sanctions to encourage regime change in Burma. This policy ignores serious problems of state capacity that impede a transition to democracy and would plague any transitional regime. Engagement with the current regime on issues of state capacity would improve the chances for a transition.
Englehart, Neil A., "Is Regime Change Enough For Burma? The Problem of State Capacity" (2005). Political Science Faculty Publications. 51.
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