Post-Coup Myanmar Could Become a Failed State

An anti-coup protester at a demonstration in Yangon, Myanmar, March 27, 2021 (AP Photo).
An anti-coup protester at a demonstration in Yangon, Myanmar, March 27, 2021 (AP Photo).
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In the days after Myanmar’s military staged a coup on Feb. 1, it likely hoped to consolidate power with minimal bloodshed. Having overthrown the elected government led by Aung San Suu Kyi, the Tatmadaw, as the armed forces are known in Myanmar, set out to create a managed democracy like neighboring Thailand’s, with an electoral system that guarantees victory for military-aligned parties and their allies. The coup leader, Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, probably hoped that neighboring states and possibly even the world’s leading democracies would eventually recognize Myanmar’s new government. Indeed, as protests erupted across the country in the coup’s […]

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