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Myanmar Coup

February 5, 2021

Episode Notes:

The military is once again in charge in Myanmar after overthrowing the democratically elected government. The coup plotters detained the country’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, along with other officials from her political party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), which won a landslide victory in November’s general elections. The military claims that the election was marred by voter fraud, although observers found no major irregularities. Suu Kyi, who previously spent 15 years under house arrest the last time Myanmar’s military junta was in power, remains detained by the military government, who have declared a state of emergency and stated that they will remain in power for one year when they will hold a new election.

Morten B. Pedersen joins the Warcast to discuss the latest in Myanmar. Pedersen — a former senior analyst for the International Crisis Group in Myanmar — is a lecturer in international politics at the University of New South Wales in Canberra, Australia.

[ 01:11 ] Drivers behind the military coup

[ 04:42 ] Military government and political opposition

[ 06:50 ] Affect on security policy

[ 09:15 ] What’s next for Aung San Suu Kyi

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