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Caretaking Democratization: The Military and Political Change in Myanmar

Studies political transformation of Myanmar after 2010 election and key transitions from military government to quasi – civilian democracy. Examines reasons behind the political transitions and roles of Myanmar armed forces in the transitioning process. Mentions military intervention in domestic politics as a caretaker during the transitions. Analyzes the pattern of Myanmar’s sudden opening up of the political and social space under Thein Sein’s semi civilian presidency (2010-2015), the resurgence of parliament politics, legislative activities, Aung San Kyi entering the lower house, and the successful 2015 elections. Looks at religious and ethnic conflicts, violence and attempts for dispute settlement. Concludes long-term challenges and democratization’s hindrances.