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“The military in Ambush?”
Interview with Renaud Egreteau, author of
Caretaking Democratization. The Military and Political Change in Myanmar
Myanmar has undergone major political changes that have recently brought to power the head of democratic opposition to the military dictatorship and leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD), Aung San Suu Kyi. Renaud Egreteau has published a book in which he shows the extent to which the Burmese military—despite its opening to democratic governance—remains very close to power and seems ready to return at any time. The author is interviewed on the current situation, the challenges of Burma’s new governance, and the way research can be conducted in a state that has until recently been very closed, and offers us illuminating answers.
In your book, Caretaking Democratization. The Military and Political Change in Myanmar, you write that the change of regime that has been going on in Myanmar since the 2010 elections opens the door to something else, something unknown, that could either come close to a democratic system or actually remodel an authoritarian regime. Are there serious risks of a return to a military dictatorship?
This will depend on the new generations of military leaders. The Burmese armed forces consider themselves “guiding” a transition that has been underway, they claim, since the 1988 coup. It is the military that controls this process, and has thus far followed its own rules. The armed forces have now managed this tour de force to get what their leaders had planned from the early 1990s: the position of arbiter on the political scene, accompanied by broad guarantees of immunity. It is therefore not at all certain that the military hierarchy would want to turn back, to re-form a junta and re-take all power in hand.
An interview with Didier Bigo, following the publication of International Political Sociology. Transversal Lines (Routledge), coedited with Tugba Basaran, Emmanuel-Pierre Guittet and R.B.J. Walker. This publication is the perfect opportunity to come-back on the creation of IPS (the journal) ten years ago and to question Didier Bigo about the long way this intellectual current has come in ten years.
This work comes out almost ten years after the publication of the first issue of the journalInternational Political Sociology (IPS) that you cofounded with R.B.J. Walker (University of Victoria). It is a nice “nod” for CERI, who accompanied you at the time.
Yes, absolutely. When R.B.J Walker and I launched the journal, the section of the International Studies Association (ISA) I had created with Martin Heisler had already existed for five years and started to be a real success. However, proposing an additional journal not directed by US colleagues, and putting forward distinctive theoretical lines proved to be a real challenge. All of CERI and its director at the time, Christophe Jaffrelot, supported the project. Additionally, Bruno Latour, who had recently arrived as scientific director at Sciences Po, equally co-financed the journal along with the ISA’s grant...
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