Myanmar’s Political Transition

  • Sanjay Pulipaka


Myanmar has been making slow and steady progress towards democracy. If we go by conditions under which democracies tend to flourish, Myanmar would be the most unlikely place for the participatory politics to take firm roots. Its political landscape is dotted with intense ethnic conflict dating back to more than seven decades. There are towering political leaders, but there are concerns that party structures are very fragile. It is in this mix of complex and challenging conditions that Myanmar is slowly moving towards a democratic framework of governance. The success of Myanmar’s transition will depend on devising successful response to three challenges: the civil-military contest; ethnic/sectarian conflict; and the complex geo-political environment. Analysing all these three aspects, this chapter concludes that the success of Myanmar’s political transition will have a lasting impact on the security of India, China and the wider Southeast Asia region.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sanjay Pulipaka
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  1. 1.Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)New DelhiIndia

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