The Military in Myanmar: Longevity and Future Roles?

The Military in Myanmar: Longevity and Future Roles?

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Venue: 
Mordan Hall, St Hugh's College
Speaker(s): 
Professor David Steinberg (School of Advanced International Studies, John Hopkins University, and Georgetown University (Emeritus))

Continuing military dominance in Burma/Myanmar is a product of the particular historical development of that country, but is also regarded in the West as antithetical to democratic governance. Explanations for that continuity are multiple, and the Myanmar military's roles have been far more pervasive and profound than others in the region. Tatmadaw perceptions of its functions differ profoundly from foreign expectations.  The carefully devised system of military prominence ironically is likely to be undercut over time by the very system that the tatmadaw has inaugurated.