RUSI NewsbriefVOLUME 41ISSUE 1members only

Military Takeover in Myanmar and the International Community: Past as Prologue?


Main Image Credit Courtesy of Krzysztof Kuczyk/UNDP In Europe/Flickr


Will the coup in Myanmar follow historical patterns or take a different and unpredictable trajectory?

On 1 February, Myanmar’s military commander-in-chief controversially invoked the 2008 constitution to assume sovereign state power and declare a year-long state of emergency. President Win Myint and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi were detained. Two days later, the military leadership formed a new ruling body, the State Administration Council (SAC). Also, both the president and the state counsellor were charged with legal violations that in both instances could result in

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Dr Jürgen Haacke

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