Making the Most of Geographic Disadvantage: Modernizing Bhutan

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Susan M. Walcott, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: This article provides an introductory overview of Bhutan and its importance as a geographically disadvantaged “yam between two boulders,” living in a dangerous neighborhood of rapidly rising and potentially highly destabilizing powers. The following sections discuss the most important aspects of Bhutan’s situation as a landlocked but strategically located country: its similar physical geographic setting but sharply contrasting contemporary human geography to its neighbors; relations with mentors such as India, Switzerland, and non-governmental organizations; and lessons for other geographically disadvantaged developing countries seeking to preserve their unique culture while pursuing political-economic modernization.

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Education About Asia 16 (1):25-28
Language: English
Date: 2011
Geography, Bhutan, Modernization, Culture, Government, Development

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