Myanmar : the military in ambush?

“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.

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