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Reflections on Military Coups in Myanmar: and why Political Actors in Arakan Chose a Different Path

Author: Lynn Kyaw

Transnational Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2021

The article starts with an analysis of the personal as well as the institutional factors leading to the 2021 coup.  It then assesses the special situation in Rakhine State (previously the kingdom of Arakan), home to Muslim minorities including the Rohingya, and to Arakan Buddhists, who are hostile to both Muslims and to the Burmese (Buddhist) government.

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