Abstract

Burma today is in the midst of what will likely be a drawn-out game of political transition. It is going from a highly authoritarian military regime to something else. It is by no means clear that this will be a transition to democracy—or that the long-ruling military intends genuine democracy to be the destination. If the 2015 elections are to produce a viable democracy rather than a repeat of the 1990 calamity or a deeply resented and unstable semiauthoritarian regime, Burma has a lot of political work to do in the next two years. The good news is that national elections are still three years away. The worrisome news is that the hardest political work of the transition—the negotiation of political pacts—has not yet begun.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3214
Print ISSN
1045-5736
Pages
pp. 138-149
Launched on MUSE
2012-10-12
Open Access
No
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