After decades of isolation, Myanmar is opening up to the world. However, its political reforms have been accompanied by regional tensions and ethnic conflict. As China’s influence grows in the region, both India and America are keen to sway Myanmar away from Beijing’s orbit. Meanwhile, Myanmar's leaders want to capitalise on its strategic position and untapped economic potential. But, writes GIS guest expert Brendan O’Reilly, its future depends on controlling internal factions and the outcome of crucial elections.