Recent changes in Burma/Myanmar pushed through by the new government of Thein Sein have been called the ‘Burmese democratic spring’. While the international media have mainly focused on the economic opportunities offered by these changes and on the doings and sayings of the opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, the reality is far more complex. The country is desperately poor, divided by ethnic and religious rivalries, and continues to suffer from some of the world’s most intractable military conflicts. In addition, powerful factions within the ruling elite oppose the reform process. Where, then, is the country heading? What are the key challenges it will face? Who are likely to be the key players in the unfolding events? What implications are there for international actors in arenas like policy, diplomacy, development and business? With contributions on topics like the political situation, international relations, ethnic and religious rivalries, the economy and the prospects for investment and development, long-time observers of the Myanmar/Burmese situation offer insights and analysis that address these issues. The material is augmented with essential background information and relevant names and references. The result is a tightly focused volume that will appeal to a broad readership interested in the current situation and its implications – scholars, journalists, diplomats, business people, activists, tourists, etc.