Evolution of a mafia state in Myanmar

MYANMAR’S BLACK HOLE
Evolution of a mafia state in Myanmar
By Maung Zarni

This is the first article in a three-part series.

Despite being in power for over half a century, Myanmar’s military, both its despotic leadership and institutional instruments, namely the Tatmadaw, or armed forces, remains an enigma. It is the black hole of understanding in the literature, research and reporting produced about a country that suddenly finds itself in the limelight after decades of international isolation.

The world is well-acquainted with opposition leader and pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi – her political beliefs, her inspiring personal tale, and her pedigree as the daughter ofEvolution of a mafia state in MyanmarMaung Zarni (www.maungzarni.com) is a Visiting Fellow at the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit at the London School of Economics. A former admit to Myanmar’s Military Officers’ Training Corp (1980), he hails from an extended military family. He has worked with three separate heads of the military’s intelligence service from 2004-8 as an initiator of Track II negotiations.

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