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Post-coup Myanmar’s political and humanitarian crises

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posted on 2024-05-05, 23:35 authored by Anthony WareAnthony Ware, Monique Skidmore
Myanmar’s coup on 1 February 2021 abruptly ended a decade of (limited) economic and political liberalisations and plunged the country into civil war and a deep humanitarian crisis. This introductory chapter to the volume tracks the key events of the coup, and subsequently, to lay a foundation of facts and details for the analysis offered in the following chapters. It highlights the brutality of the military as they have tried to consolidate power, as well as documenting the emergence of the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, National Unity Government, Civil Disobedience Movement and People’s Defence Force. It documents the current situation regarding numbers of civilian deaths, arbitrary arrests, death sentences, houses destroyed, and people displaced internally and across borders. The chapter concludes that the strength and organisation of resistance clearly took the military leadership by surprise, but this has only increased their brutality. The military face a high rate of defections and are increasingly spread very thinly, but the resistance does not look like it can take control of the country either, leading us to conclude that the conflict is almost certainly destined for a prolonged, bloody stalemate. The chapter then provides a summary of the key contributions of each of the other chapters in the volume, as an outline of the book.

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1-24

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9781760466145

ISBN-10

176046614X

Editor/Contributor(s)

Ware A, Skidmore M

Publisher

ANU Press

Place of publication

Canberra

Title of book

After the Coup Myanmar’s Political and Humanitarian Crises

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