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Myanmar’s Military: Back to the Barracks?

Asia Briefing N°143, 22 April 2014

Soldiers march during a parade to mark the 69th anniversary of Armed Forces Day in Myanmar's capital Naypyitaw on March 27, 2014. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

It was Myanmar’s military that initiated the end of its own dictatorship; to advance stable reform, it needs to continue withdrawing from civilian life.

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