A Delicate Relationship: The United States and Burma/Myanmar Since 1945

Author and scholar Kenton Clymer will discuss his book on the relationship between the U.S. and Myanmar on Feb. 18

Kenton Clymer

Kenton Clymer

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Historian Kenton Clymer will talk about his latest book, “A Delicate Relationship: The United States and Burma/Myanmar Since 1945” on Thursday, Feb 18, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Interdisciplinary South 1109, located on the UCR campus.

Clymer’s book underscores the relationship between the United States and Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited, so reserve at clymer.eventbrite.com. Parking permits may be purchased at the kiosk on West Campus Drive at the University Avenue entrance to the campus.

Clymer is a distinguished research professor of history at Northern Illinois University with several published books, one of which won the Robert H. Ferrell book prize for 2005 from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

He has held numerous appointed positions both nationally and internationally, including distinguished Fulbright lecturer at Renmin (people’s) University of China, Beijing, China; part-time honorary professor for the Center for American Studies at the Southwest University in Chongqing, China; and honorary research fellow at the Center for American Law and Political Science at the Southwest University of Political Science and Law in Chongqing, China.

In 2012, Barack Obama became the first U.S. president to visit Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. This official state visit marked a new period in the long and sinuous diplomatic relationship between the United States and Burma/Myanmar, which Clymer examines in “A Delicate Relationship.” From the challenges of decolonization and heightened nationalist activities that emerged in the wake of World War II to the Cold War concern with domino states to the rise of human rights policy in the 1980s and beyond, Clymer demonstrates how Burma/Myanmar has fit into the broad patterns of U.S. foreign policy and yet has never been fully integrated into diplomatic efforts in the region of Southeast Asia.

The book talk is sponsored by the UCR School of Public Policy and South East Asia: Text, Ritual, and Performance (SEATRiP).

The UCR School of Public Policy (SPP) is the latest addition to the University of California, Riverside academic enterprise. With a Master of Public Policy program launched in Fall 2015, the UCR School of Public Policy is training a new generation of forward-thinking public policy leaders equipped to address the complex, interrelated challenges of poverty, disease, climate change, pollution and more. The School of Public Policy includes five research centers: the Center for Sustainable Suburban Development, the Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies, the One Health Center (which is part of the UC Global Health Institute), the Blum Initiative for Global and Regional Poverty, and the Immigration Research Group.

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