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Posts Tagged ‘Griffith Asia Institute’ (2 found)

From Coup d’état to ‘Disciplined Democracy’: The Burmese Regime’s Claims to Legitimacy

Executive Summary

Burma (Myanmar) has experienced continuous military rule for almost half a century. During this time, the armed forces (Tatmadaw) have developed a series of claims aimed to legitimize their continued ruling of the country. Political legitimacy in Burma can be examined historically, through different periods of rule, or by themes and the transitions from one source of legitimacy to another. This paper will blend the historical and thematic as it concentrates on the sources of legitimacy relied upon by the Tatmadaw since it first came to power. In addition, the paper will discuss the foreign perceptions of legitimacy and influences that the international community have had on the regime’s search for legitimacy in recent years[…]

August 6, 2010  •  By Griffith Asia Institute,Stephen McCarthy  •  Tags: , ,  •  Read more ➤

Civil-Military Relations in Burma: Portents, Predictions and Possibilities

Executive Summary

Burma boasts the world’s most durable military dictatorship, but civil-military relations in the country have never been static. Until 1988, a distinction seems to have been made between the military government, which was generally held in low esteem, and the armed forces as an institution, which was more widely respected. Over the past 20 years, however, popular attitudes toward both have deteriorated markedly. Among the civilian population, the standing of both the armed forces and the regime are now as low as they have ever been. This seems likely to remain the case for years to come.[…]

August 2, 2010  •  By Griffith Asia Institute,Andrew Selth  •  Tags: , ,  •  Read more ➤