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F O R E I G N S E R V I C E J O U R N A L / J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 2
(
www.hrw.org
).
Robert Warshaw, a research assis-
tant in the Asian Studies Center at The
Heritage Foundation, echoed Pearson:
“Burma has not demonstrated that its
reforms are sufficiently far-reaching,
authentic or irreversible to merit the
chairmanship” (
blog.heritage.org
).
No one denies that Burma has a
long way to go. Burmese refugees are
currently scattered throughout South-
east Asia, primarily in Malaysia and
India, and the regime faces the chal-
lenge of creating a stable state that can
reintegrate them back into society.
This includes infrastructure develop-
ment, economic reform and imple-
mentation of the rule of law. Improving
the country’s business environment will
encourage foreign direct investment
and increase regional trade.
Further, to integrate itself into the
world economy, Burma will also have
to address its growing opium problem:
it is the second-largest producer of the
narcotic in the world. According to a
November 2011 United Nations Office
on Drugs and Crime report, the past
four years have seen a marked increase
in poppy cultivation in Burma
(
www.
unodc.org
). C
ontrol over its drug traf-
ficking problem and a focus on culti-
vating a democratic society will en-
courage the reinstatement of develop-
ment assistance and foreign humani-
tarian aid lost after 1988.
— Editorial Intern Laura
Petinelli and Senior Editor
Susan Brady Maitra
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SITE OF THE MONTH:
http://peace.maripo.com
Peace monuments exist all over the world, but tend to be outnumbered and
overshadowed by grand (and often grandiose) war memorials. The relative paucity
of monuments dedicated to pacifism in our own country both reflects and perpet-
uates a lack of public awareness of U.S. governmental efforts to promote peace.
Happily, retired Foreign Service officer Edward W. Lollis is doing his part to rec-
tify this disparity with an online database of Peace Monuments Around the World
(http://peace.maripo.com). Th
is compilation features hundreds of such sites, or-
ganized geographically, thematically and chronologically. In addition, special pages
feature famous peacemakers, peace art and artists, museums for peace, manmade
and natural disasters, historic peace conferences, international treaties, the United
Nations, the Nobel Peace Prize, the atomic bomb, the Israel-Palestine conflict, geno-
cide, the Holocaust and many others.
One section
(http://peace.maripo.com/p_foreign_service.htm) is
devoted to
monuments to the U.S. Foreign Service. In effect, this page is an illustrated history
of the Service, apparently the first time such a compilation has ever been attempted
online. Among many other features, it includes photos of 36 American embassies
and consulates from around the world.
Mr. Lollis welcomes additions to his collection from Foreign Service colleagues,
both active-duty and retired. He can be reached through the site or at geovisual@
comcast.net.
— Steven Alan Honley, Editor