Myanmar's first open election in 20 years should be seen as an opportunity for outsiders to encourage further reform, says the influential international think tank International Crisis Group.
The briefing and full report are available online here.
The report argues that there is a rare opportunity to push for reform, if the West changes its failed policies of sanctions and isolation.
To read a 2010 SIIA report on Singapore's Myanmar policy, click here.
Though critics have labeled the new parliamentary system a sham, "it would be a mistake to conclude that nothing has changed", argues the report.
Think tank urges overhaul of Myanmar sanctions [AFP, 8 Mar 2011]