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Pursuing disease diplomacy in Myanmar

Pursuing disease diplomacy in Myanmar

Myanmar is slowly emerging from 50 years of isolation and military rule. Even after the victory of the pro-democracy party in November elections, the country is fragile and fragmented. The military still holds much political power. The country is struggling with entrenched poverty. Decades of ethnic and regional warfare have left Myanmar with more armed groups than there are candidates in the U.S. Republican presidential primary.

What could improve this situation? Maybe malaria.

Last summer in Washington, D.C., more than a dozen of the country's officials, military leaders, opposition politicians and ethnic groups — people with a long history of mutual distrust —...