Title: The Politics of Humanitarian Aid: A Study of European Union's Humanitarian Assistance Policy and Strategy to Myanmar
Author: Phyo Win Latt
Keywords: : HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE / GOOD GOVERNANCE/ EUROPEAN UNION/ DEMOCRATIZATION
The main objective of this thesis is to study the European Union's humanitarian aid policy and strategy, its positive and negative implications to Burma/Myanmar, and other issues concerning the topic. The European Union (EU) has been a major channel in providing humanitarian assistance to Burma/Myanmar. Although the EU is given the chance to deliver this initiative directly to the public, challenges and obstacles are perceived to fail its operations. In addition, this study aims to examine the EU's humanitarian assistance strategies and policies and the implications of its humanitarian assistance. The answers to the research questions are sought through primary and secondary sources of information obtained from surveys.
The studies finds out that EU does have strong economic interest in South East Asia Region and it is to be believed that by using aid as a carrot, EU can induce Burma/Myanmar to do political reform to meet the situation in which EU can accept it as democratic and good governance and do business with. And I conclude my study by pointing out the factors that shape the EU's humanitarian assistance policy and affirm that possible limitations and difficulties await and will make the donor's expectation not to meet fully.
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