In an exclusive interview conducted during his official visit to Thailand in late September, Union Parliament Speaker Shwe Mann detailed his transformation under Burma’s reforms.
The greatest “capacity gap” Myanmar faces is at the top, where so far no one has articulated a clear plan for moving the country forward.
In this cover story first appeared in the October, 2007 print issue of The Irrawaddy magazine, the editor explained why Burma’s general fear the influence
Some of the generals who ruled after 1988 became sitting ducks; but one turned out to be a real bird of prey
The 1988 uprising against military rule was not just about overthrowing a hated dictatorship: it was also about ending the reign of ignorance and brutality.
After decades of being a byword for brutality, Myanmar’s Tatmadaw is trying to redefine its role under the leadership of a new commander-in-chief.
With his rivals dispatched and predecessor Ne Win under house arrest, Snr-Gen Than Shwe is free to enjoy the pleasures of absolute power.
Than Shwe’s position as dictator of Burma becomes undeniable as his rivals fall by the wayside and even Ne Win is placed under arrest.
Than Shwe consolidates power while infighting between senor military figures sees Khin Nyunt’s position become increasingly precarious.
The deteriorating health of SLORC Chairman Saw Maung and a successful campaign against ethnic insurgents sees Ne Win install Than Shwe as junta chief.
As the former pariah state shakes off pawn status, the playing field transforms—and world powers like China and the United States make moves for influence.
Burma’s deteriorating economic situation leads to a growth in student activism and Ne Win to order yet another military coup.
Ne Win’s paranoia opens the door for the understated and stealthy Than Shwe to assume power in the shadows.
Tin Oo feels Ne Win’s wrath as the dictator’s paranoia takes hold, leaving the door open for a new generation of loyal generals.
Burma’s infamous military intelligence comes to the fore under the guidance of junta “number one-and-a-half” Tin Oo.