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Forces and Democratization in Myanmar: The US Army should attack the Tatmadaw
Hundred-year-old professor of government at the University of Texas. He has recently the Armies Respond to Revolutions and Why (Princeton University Press, 2016). The Myanmar (Burma) military remains the country's most influential military body even after the landslide election win of Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy in November 2015.
Burma's army - also known as Tatmadaw - was the most powerful politician since the country's 1948 Independence from Britain and governed it from 1962 to 2011. Burma's army chiefs have found ways to work with Councillor of State (and de facto head of government) Aung San Suu Kyi and her regim.
But the Pentagon - in tight coordination with Myanmar's Foreign Ministry and civil leaders - should step up its minimum commitment to the Myanmar people. The United States must also make sure that the Yangon administration can continue to exert significant Soviet control over the armed forces, if necessary. Before General Ne Win made a putsch in 1962, the Myanmar armed forces had great inroads.
One of the longest continuous period of reign in the history of the world. Tatmadaw was in official hold until 2011 when it established a pseudo-civilian regime - practically all of its members were former colonels - that governed the state until last November. Despite the fact that many post-war post-war post-Burma nations, especially South East Asia such as Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand, enjoyed long post-Burma army domination, the Burma generals' dictatorships were exceptional in many ways.
More than anything else, a five factor mix makes the Myanmar side of militarist authoritarianism singular and singularly catastrophic in the history of contemporary Plaete Ruler. First of these is the mere durability of Myanmar's reign. There is a huge distinction between a oppressive dictatorial system in office for seven years (e.g. Greece of the Colonels (1967-1974)), sixteen years (Chile of Pinochet (1973-1990)) or fifty years, as in Burma.
Myanmar had known nothing of whole families as an army government. Secondly, unlike most of the other part of the world' s armed forces, the Tatmadaw has lost its grip on the country' s economic system. In 1962-1988 General Ne Win (1962-1988) launched a wide-ranging programme, "The Myanmar Way to Socialism", which turned one of the wealthiest nations on the African continent into one of the world' s very poor.
In 1964, one of the many deplorable landmarks of this trial was the widespread nationalisation, which led to an exit of the upper classes, destroying enterprise and setting the illegal market in motion; a real and irreversible outbreak. A further harmful policing was the unawares demonstrations of various Burma's monetary denomination, the Kiev, in 1985 and 1987.
Persistent safety risks are the third element that explain the unique long rules of Tatmadaw. Myanmar has never been completely at rest throughout its post-independence period. 1950 kuomintang escape from the People's Liberation Army in Burma and do not retreat until 1961. Civilian wars between ethnical minority groups (Chins, Kachins, Karens, etc.) and the regimes, which continue to this day with various intensities and numbers of people, were the most important internal political dimensions of the terror.
Because of the financial participation of the armed elite in the illicit trafficking in narcotics, precious stones, wood, etc., they had a legitimate interest in continuing antagonism. In addition, the colonels could use the ongoing dispute to further vindicate their claims to their ruler. Myanmar's four main characteristic that made the Myanmar army system extraordinary was its extensive externalisation.
Myanmar lies between two giant countries in Asia, India and China, with a total of three billion inhabitants. Tatmadaws often manoeuvred shrewdly between the enemy sides of the Cold War and took advantage whenever possible. With the general public almost completely isolated from the outside community, so much so that only a few individuals, even among the elite, were given the chance to study decent English in this former UK city.
Eventually, the long and ubiquitous reign of the Tatmadaw was accidentally eased by an excessively feeble form of democratic opponent. Secondly, the oppositions were profoundly split on various alignments ( "urban vs. country, elite vs. student vs. worker, Bamar (ethnic Burmese) vs. ethnical minority, etc.) and even in great changes like the 1988 popular uprising or the 2007 "saffron revolution" the gap between them could not be closed.
In summary, the deficiencies of the regime have contributed to keeping the army in office. Prime Minister Khin Nyunt on 30 August 2003 formally proclaimed Burma's road map to a" road to Discipline-flourishing Democracy". These included the reappointment of the Convention, an often apparent consultation procedure with the participation of various ethnical, social and politic groups, the elaboration of a new constitutional system to be adopted by a nationwide referenda, the organisation of free and free and equitable electoral processes and the construction of a mature and democratic state.
It was important that there was no evidence of how long the trial would take and which social groups would work with the army to implement it. After all, there was no strong resistance that forced his hands and no alien force that threatened the dominance of the war. Burma's continued global insularity and ancient central planning system emphasized its laggard and impoverishment, especially in stark contradiction to the fast pace of global expansion in neighbouring Thailand and China.
In the aftermath of the 1988 insurrection, and in the junta's reluctance to reward the results of the relatively free parliamentary election of 1990, won by the National League for Democracy (NLD), the small Myanmar businessmen's league, which consisted almost entirely of commanding officers and their gang. One of the NLD's founding members, Aung San Suu Kyi, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, was the centre of interest of Western diplomacy, politics and the press.
But China's increased ability to assert itself internationally unsettled the commanding officers, who were overpowered by Beijing's powerful politics and warfare. In succession, the government managed to negotiate ceasefire deals with at least seventeen civilian groups, including the grant of different levels of armamento. Tatmadaw began to liberalise the economy, which accompanied the growth in yield-taking.
Penalty and the increasing temptation, reinforced by the expansion of possibilities, heightened large-scale bribery, which was uncommon during Ne Win's reign. At the end of this year, the regime lost some of its momentum, was conscious of its lack of social justification, and was prepared to introduce more substantial policymaking.
Aung San Suu Kyi - known in Burma as "the woman" - was freed from home detention on 13 November 2010, where she has lived for 15 of the last 21 years. The following months, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited her on a remarkable trip to Myanmar, which was a clear victory for US external relations.
8 November 2015 will go down in Burma's annals as the date on which the opportunity for a democratic breakthrough was born. However, in order to be able to establish its own regime, the "woman" needed a land slide, since the parliament allocated a fourth of the legislature seat to the members of the war.
Regimental and Tatmadaw leaders were optimistic that the USDP would be good enough to stop this, and the NLD would not receive enough vote to obtain the right to hold the majorities. There were only 12 members of the USDP (5. 36%), only two more than the Arakan National Party (10/4. 46%); the remainder went to smaller minority groups, each with 1-3 members.
The NLD 255 places (57. 95% of respondents and 77. 27%), USDP 30 places (6. 81%), with the remainder shared by nationalities. Nevertheless, President Thein Sein and Commander General Min Aung Hlaing, the two most influential individuals in Burma, insisted even after the vote that the results were in place and that the change of government would go well.
At the end of 2015 and beginning of this year, Suu Kyi and her advisers held discussions with the Tatmadaw under the leadership of Min Aung Hlaing on the form of the new state. Tatmadaw did not play an oncoming or disturbing part, but remained in favour of the treaty, which greatly favoured the military force.
NDSC monitors the army and is in charge of defence and peace. He is a Christian (remarkable in a state that is about 90% Buddhist). As the dreaded head of defence he supervised the 2007 insurrection and was known for his violent handling of thieves.
The NLD's perhaps most important mission was to establish an efficient working relation with the army. GAD is the governmental centre of the county, which staffs every local and state administration and manages tens of thousand of districts as well as townhips. Supreme Leader Min Aung Hlaing has not so far jeopardized the transitional procedure, but there is every cause to believe that he will keep appointing people who are faithful to Tatmadaw.
This year he turns 60, but the armed forces recently said they would be extending his mandate for another five years because of the transitional period and his strong ties to an on-going peacemaking operation with ethical militia. The Tatmadaw does not seem interested in giving up more of its own power than it already has by leaving the results of the elections.
Nevertheless, since taking power, the leadership has created a co-operative environment with the new administration and is susceptible and grateful for the non-confrontational attitude of "the woman" and her administration, which has been so judicious. Regardless of the NLD's governmental roles, the state' structures remain very similar, with a predominant political army whose power and "leadership" are ensured by the 2008 constitution.
Historically, army officials and even common troops got away with all types of crime against the general public. However, in recent month the Tatmadaw has brought a number of its members to justice for their criminals and made their persecution public. The government demanded that the heads of villages and towns meet the recruiting quota for decade-especially during the fast-paced growth of the army in the 1990' and 2000'.
Up until about a year ago, warlords rarely, if ever, subjected themselves to unwritten interviewing or declared their policy and action to real people. This has also undergone a change, as the Tatmadaw elite seem to have realised that in the present time of democracy change it was to their advantage to answer questions, to explain their position, to give their interview, to give news briefings and to talk to the mass press and through them to the citizens.
The most important thing perhaps is that after years of struggle, the army is ready to solve the clash with ethnically armoured organisations (EAO). These efforts eventually foundered because some of the EAO - among them some of the biggest and most powerful groups such as the Kachin Independence Organization and the United Wa State Army, allegedly made up of 30,000 men [xvi] with guns - refused to meet the regime's conditions of entry and did not want to give up their arms and do without them.
However, by the end of the last few summers of 2016, the Tatmadaw had weakened its stance and made the emblematic but important move to encourage the EAOs to take part in the peacemaking processes, even if they had only "committed" to disarmament. The Union's four-day conference on international reconciliation (31 August to 3 September 2016) brought together for the first ever since the Union's independent assembly hundred members from minority communities, the EAO, the EAO, the regime, major international organizations and the army, although some groups were not yet present.
Speaking at the General's session, General Min Aung Hlaing called on delegates to stick to the disputed "six principals for peace" that then President Thein Sein sketched out in 2011, including the call for the EAO's to respect the Constitutional Charter, which, as mentioned above, retains pivotal role for Tatmadaw. Min Aung Hlaing and the top men in general have taken an ever more practical stance towards the ethical peacemaking processes that "women" have pinpointed as their top priorities - well knowing that the military will also benefit from this.
If the United States was to increase its commitment to the army, why? Mr. Hlaing has said on several occasions that his aim is to create a professionally armed army that can be standing side by side with the other armed forces in the area. The Tatmadaw is currently a large troop holding 406,000 men in uniforms, but its gear is outdated, many of its institutions are in ruins, its troops are poorly educated and have poor morals.
For a long time, the armed forces have relied on China for education and weapons, but the armies' commanders want to escape their insularity and take part in local practices and meetings - but their possibilities are bound. Tatmadaw elite in particular, as well as other emerging economies such as neighbouring Bangladesh, want to take part in peace-keeping operation that bring important work experience and economic advantages to officials and warriors.
Only four Myanmar troops are currently involved in UN activities[two each in Liberia and Sudan]. Some were persuaded, but all three communities, the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army, the Ta'ang National Liberation Army and the Arakan Army, who did not want to give up arms opposition and were therefore hindered from taking part in the meeting, had links with China.
Despite Myanmar's decade-long Beijing backing, China's participation in the Burmese interethnic dispute and the dismissive way Yangon is treated as his senior associate, the Tatmadaw elite, to put it mildly, do not like their counterparts too much just upstate. There has been relatively little US commitment to the Tatmadaw.
For several important reason, perhaps most of all the restraint of some US general, Congress leader and diplomat, and some of Burma's top elite leadership, who are often split on important matters. One of the US's most important partners in the USA was and still is "the woman" and her administration, who best understands the complicated character of internal policy questions.
Speaking at a gathering of Asia's defence commanders in June 2012, US Secretary of State Leon Panetta said that the Obama administration was ready to improve the country's security relations with the Tatmadaw if democracy reform continues and terms of humanitarian law are upheld. Before imposing penalties on Burma in the early 1990', when the country's army relations were suspended, the two armed forces worked together in the fight against drugs and some Tatmadaw officials even went on to study in the United States under the International Military Education and Training Program (IMET).
Since the Panetta Declaration, despite the continued democratisation and the recent changes of governance, there has been very little US-Burma interactions with Burma's army staff, including a dialog on civil-military relationships in democracy, the judiciary and other fundamental questions. Tatmadaw leadership's acceptation of the results of the elections, their recent changes in behaviour and their general readiness to work with the Aung San Suu Kyi administration are certainly not a good enough excuse to exercise prudence and enter into full co-operation.
It is important that the United States continues to consult the Council of Women with respect to the army. Given the awareness of other democracies for the Burma army and China's longstanding commitment to Myanmar's strategic developments, it may be the right moment for Washington to be cautious to be sure to establish strategic ties with Yangon.
United States can rely on its tried-and-tested and extensive capacities and decade-long experiences to support the professionalisation and democratisation of Tatmadaw. US Army universities and universities are well placed to educate and consult Burma's force on crucial matters such as the Rule of Justice, civil oversight of the balance of power between the government and the legislature, withdrawing from policy, budget openness, avoiding participation in trade and industry, and so on.
Tatmadaw officials' involvement in the IMET programme has been extended and the very restricted range of ongoing programmes has been extended. Whatever the details, serious consideration should be given to increasing the standard of US involvement with Myanmar. This commitment must also remain levered and easy to reverse.
To put it another way, an unreasonable authorisation of the Tatmadaw must be averted. Since the beginning of the democratisation of Myanmar at the end of 2010, America has been an unwavering supporters. Equally important, the United States sent messengers to Myanmar, Derek Mitchell, from 2012 to 2016, and now Scot Marciel, who knows very well about the countryside, Southeast Asia and the transition to democracy from general government in the armed forces, suggesting that Washington is taking Myanmar seriously.
The United States is generally highly regarded in a country that is at best careful with foreigners' intent, in stark contrast to the suspect positions towards China and India that are prevalent throughout Myanmar. Burma has a strategically important site in Southeast Asia and needs policy assistance, development assistance - from improving infrastructures to education programmes - and focused investments.
Finally, progressing militarism can improve, foster and intensify the Myanmar Army Corps' professional and democratically minded attitude and speed up its retreat from politic. Political biography (Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2015). ii ] See Marcus Mietzner, Ed., The Political Upswing of the Army in Southeast Asia:
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For the latest personnel and gear statistics, see The Militär Balance 2016 (London: International Institute for Strategic studies, 2016), 275-277. If you would like to receive useful information on the development of the Myanmar army, please contact Andrew Selth, Burma's armed forces: Might without fame (Norwalk, CT: EastBridge, 2002), and Maung Aung Myoe, Creating the Tatmadaw: The Myanmar Armed Forces since 1948 (Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2009).
Vincenzo Bove and Leandro Elia, "Supplying Peace": Attendance and contribution to peacemissions ", Journal of Peace Research, 48:6 (2011): 699-714. Bertil Lintner, "China is the most important foreign player in the peacemaking process", Irrawaddy, 17 August 2016. See for example Donald M. Seekins, "Burma-China Relations:
Political-Privary Partnership, Resource Concessions and Military-State Building in the Burma-China Borderlands", Journal of Peasant Studies, 38:4 (2011): 747-770; and intimate interview with recently pensioned Tatmadaw Gen. (in Naypyidaw and Yangon, October 2014, August 2015 and May 2016). See Jane Perlez and Wai Moe, "China Help Aung San Suu Kyi with Peace Talks in Myanmar", New York Times, 20 August 2016; and Shing Jiangtao, "China's key role in supporting Aung San Suu Kyi's decade-long racial conflict", South China Morning Post, 3 September 2016.
Stéphanie Giry und Wai Moe, "Myanmar Peace Talks Begin, High in Symbolism and in Skepticism", New York Times, 31. août 2016. See for example Saw Yan Naing, "Peace Brokers Lack a Mandate: Burma Expert" and "Where Has the Peace Money Gone" in Irrawaddy, March 18, 2014 and April 1, 2016, respectively.
See for example "Thai Armed Commander Visits Myanmar", Chiangrai Times (Thailand), September 15, 2011; Andrew Selth, "Defence Relations with Burma: Russia, India woo Myanmar", Russia & India Report, January 31, 2014. See "The US should be able to contact Myanmar's military", Nikkei Asian Review, August 3, 2016 - written by Col. William C. Dickey (retired), the recently pensioned US defense attaché in Yangon.