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Sanctions against Myanmar's junta have been tried before. Can they work this time?

By Htwe Htwe Thein, Associate professor, Curtin University
Michael Gillan, Associate Professor in Employment Relations, UWA Business School, The University of Western Australia
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Myanmar’s democracy movement wants the international community to get tough on the military junta. But if history is any indicator, that’s not going to happen.

Western nations have responded with suspending arms sales and “targeted sanctions” aimed at hurting individual members of the military elite. But for Myanmar’s regional neighbours it’s still largely business as usual.

Australia’s position is emblematic.

Normally it would be…


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