Asian Journal of PEACEBUILDING

Volume 11 Number 2 (November 2023)

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Myanmar’s 2021 Military Coup, Its Impact on Domestic Politics, and a Revolutionary Road to Democratization?

Narayanan Ganesan pp. 311-329 doi: 10.18588/202311.00a392
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The Myanmar military staged a coup against the elected civilian government in February 2021. Since then, the country has been in a state of emergency and ruled by a military junta. Resistance to the coup was swift and widespread, beginning with the Civil Disobedience Movement that has now morphed into the People’s Defense Forces. A state of civil war has remained for well over two years now, reversing the previous trend toward democratic transition. Nonetheless, the democratic interlude has spawned strong resistance to military rule. The armed conflict and contestation for power looks set to continue into the medium term and may eventually lead to domestic political changes toward democratization.

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