Myanmar : the military in ambush?

Interview with Renaud Egreteau, the author of the book.

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.


Foucault and the Modern International. Silences and Legacies for the Study of World Politics


Interview with Philippe Bonditti, one of the co-editors of the new book published in the CERI Sciences Po Series on International Relations and Political Economy, Palgrave MacMillan, 2017.

- What is the modern international? 

- This is, at least in part, the question that the contributors of this volume have engaged with – not to answer the question in a definitive way, rather, to build the international as an “object for thought” (objet pour la pensée), from and/or using Michel Foucault’s work and within a larger process of problematization that questions four of the main and largely unchallenged characteristics of our contemporary world: (neo)-liberal, biopolitical, global, and international. Indeed, the international belongs to the long list of “unthoughts” that structure our everyday practices and our schemes for interpreting the present and past, realities. Note that “international” is mainly used as an adjective, therefore to qualify something other than itself. The system, organizations, relations, law are said to be “international”. 


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Turkey after the 2015 elections : Toward further instability and isolation?
While the AK Party, in power in Turkey since 2012, stumbled in parliamentary elections by hosting only 40% of the vote in June 2015—not enough to allow it to form a government alone—the holding of new elections in November the same year has given a clear majority to Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose power continues to rise in the country. Despite this victory however, Turkish society remains very polarized, and the team in power is much criticized. As for regional policy, the country is more isolated than ever...
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Qu’est-ce qu’un acte terroriste ? Qu’est-ce qu’un terroriste ? Alors que de plus en plus de pays sont confrontés à ce type de violence, ils ne s’accordent pas sur une définition. Les sciences sociales sont tout autant
à la peine. Le terroriste se reconnait-il aux moyens qu’il utilise ? Auxobjectifs qu’il se donne ? À la cause qu’il prétend défendre ? Le séminaire revient sur ces questions plus que jamais d’actualité en croisant les
points de vue d’un historien, Patrice Gueniffey, et d’une  sociologue, Isabelle Sommier.





Patrice Gueniffey, Centre de recherches politiques Raymond Aron, EHESS. Il est l’auteur notamment de La politique de la terreur. Essai sur la violence révolutionnaire, 1789-1794 (Fayard, 2000) et de « Généalogie du
terrorisme contemporain », Le Débat , n°126, Septembre-octobre 2003.


Discutante: Isabelle Sommier, CESSP-Université Paris 1. Elle a notamment publié : Le terrorisme, Flammarion, 2000 et « Du 'terrorisme' comme violence totale ? », in Revue internationale de sciences sociales, 2002/4 (n°



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