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The Political Role of the Military in Myanmar and Thailand


While the histories of the involvement of the Myanmar and Thai armies in politics are very different, for a variety of reasons, they are both currently in much the same position, despite the apparent contrast between the Thai army which now rules in its own name and the Myanmar army which not. Created by contrasting types of regimes and circumstances, they have come to share similar perceptions of their roles and obligations in domestic politics. With an emphasis on the Myanmar case, contrasting with the situation in recent years in Thailand, the lecture will attempt to assess the possibilities for future civil-military relations in Thailand and Myanmar. Much remains unknown and perhaps unknowable, but the past may point to the future. Analysis needs to avoid making sweeping generalisations but look at the facts on the ground before offering prognostications.

Dienstag, den 28. Juni 2016
Zeit: 18 –20 Uhr
Ort: Raum 232
Universität Hamburg
Asien-Afrika Institut
Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1,
Flügel Ost