Myanmar at a crossroads? Gabriele Köhler

Myanmar is an enigma. Listed in international statistics as the poorest country in Asia and one of the poorest among the world's 49 least developed countries, and politically ostracised because of its continuous record of human rights violations, the self-imposed insulation and the externally created isolation of the country have resulted in many misconceptions. Even the country's name is a puzzle - since the military regime changed the name to Myanmar, it is the designation used by the UN and international media. In some ways, despite its association with the military, it is actually a name more reflective of the…