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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.
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”.
N° 3, vol. 3, 2016Dominique ColasJean-Pierre Filiu
Monique Jo Beerli, Isabel Rocha de Siqueira, Christopher C. Leite (dir.)Thierry Chopin, Michel Fourcher (dir.)Anne De Tinguy (Dir.)
Philippe Bonditti, Didier Bigo, Frédéric Gros (dir.)Cristina Giudici et Catherine Wihtol de WendenHélène Thiollet (dir.)Jana J. Jabbour
Sandrine Perrot, Marie-Emmanuelle Pommerolle et Justin Willis (dir.)Hélène Thiollet et Leila Vignal (dir.)Observatoire Politique De L’Amérique Latine Et Des Caraïbes De Sciences Po