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Title: How Myanmar’s Military Wields Power From the Shadows
Date of publication: 02 October 2017
Description/subject: "Despite Myanmar’s recent transition to civilian leadership, the military has retained significant power and is most to blame for the sectarian violence against the Rohingya...State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi has faced the brunt of international criticism for what has been described as ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya, but Myanmar’s military, which has executed the crackdown in Rakhine State, is largely to blame, says Francis Wade, a journalist and author of Myanmar’s Enemy Within: Buddhist Violence and the Making of a Muslim ‘Other.’ The military still retains a great deal of political and economic power despite the country’s recent transition to a civilian-led government, explains Wade. Still, he says that in echoing the military’s rhetoric against the Muslim minority group, Aung San Suu Kyi and her civilian government have only fueled the sectarian violence..."
Author/creator: Interview by Eleanor Albert; Francis Wade, Interviewee
Language: English
Source/publisher: [US] Council on Foreign Relations
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 12 October 2017