Zoltan Barany: Armed Forces and Democratization in Myanmar

Armed Forces and Democratization in Myanmar: Why the U.S. Military Should Engage the Tatmadaw
by Zoltan Barany

Even after the November 2015 landslide electoral victory of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy the armed forces of Myanmar (Burma) continue to be the country’s most powerful political institution. This is hardly surprising. The Burmese military—also known as the Tatmadaw—has been the most influential political player since the country’s independence from Britain in 1948, and outright ruled it from 1962 to 2011.

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