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Myanmar nationals living in Thailand protest in front of the United Nations building in Bangkok Myanmar nationals living in Thailand protest against the military coup in front of the United Nations building in Bangkok, Thailand, March 7, 2021 (AP photo by Nava Sangthong).

The International Community Is Failing Myanmar

Monday, Sept. 27, 2021

In the run-up to this year’s high-level meetings of the United Nations General Assembly, there were almost too many issues to address: a global pandemic, climate change, renewed and continuing conflicts and great power competition, to name a few. But when it came to the crisis in Myanmar, attention focused on a single question: Who should represent the country in New York?

The answer would determine how much the international community can do to help Myanmar, a country now teetering on the edge of civil war, in the months ahead. The turmoil began on Feb. 1, when Myanmar’s military, known as the Tatmadaw, staged a coup against the democratically elected government led by Aung San Suu Kyi. Since then, the new military junta has struggled to control Myanmar’s territory even as it violently represses a strengthening anti-coup resistance movement.  ...

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