On February 1st, 2021, Burma’s military leaders seized power from the civilian-led government in a coup, plunging the Southeast Asian nation into a political crisis only a decade after the end of almost 50 years of strict and brutal military rule.
In this seizure of power, the senior military officers arrested the civilian government leadership, including Nobel Laureate and Burmese President Aung San Suu Kyi.
On this episode of MESSAGE TRAFFIC, we interview Olivia Enos…a senior analyst at the Heritage Foundation. Ms. Enos specializes in national security and human rights in Asia. Recently she wrote an article called “How the US Should Respond to the Coup in Burma”.
In this interview, we discuss how Burma was able to fall to the military leadership, the identity conflict of Aung San Suu Kyi in dealing with the Rohingya question, and what the future holds for this Asian country teetering on democracy or autocratic military rule. Here is our discussion.