Editors’ note

This publication uses ‘Myanmar’ in its title because that is the official name of the country and is accepted as such by the United Nations. It has, moreover, been adopted increasingly in common usage inside the country, especially when using the Burmese language. Its use in this publication does not represent a political statement of any kind. We, however, adopt the common practice of allowing authors in their own chapters to use whichever terminology they prefer for the country. With less well-known place names, where historical names have been used, we have added the current official names in parentheses where they are first used in each chapter in order to avoid confusion.

The Editors also gratefully acknowledge the support of the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the Institute of South East Asian Studies (ISEAS) in Singapore for their support of the 2007 Myanmar/Burma Update Conference and the publication of the papers from that conference in this edition.