The Opening in Burma: The Democrats’ Opportunity

Issue Date October 2012
Volume 23
Issue 4
Page Numbers 104-119
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Despite the excitement that the reforms have sparked in Burma and abroad, Burma remains a military dictatorship. Serving or retired generals control every important institution, and the constitution guarantees military domination. Yet something profound is changing, even if this is not—or not yet—an outright transition to democracy. What is driving the changes, why are they happening now, and where will they lead?

About the Authors

Brian Joseph

Brian Joseph is senior program director for Asia and Global Programs at the National Endowment for Democracy.

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Min Zin

Min Zin, a student activist in Burma’s 1988 democracy movement, is currently a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Burma country analyst for Freedom House. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Foreign Policy, and other publications.

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