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FY 2009/2010 Research Topic: 4-04
Whither Military Regime in Myanmar?


More than twenty years have passed since the military took power by force in 1988 in Myanmar. The newly-born military government tackled enormous challenges, that is, economic development and national reconciliation. The military government opened its doors to the regional and global economy and inaugurated transition toward a market economy. The military government held an election in 1990, although it eventually refused to transfer power to the National League for Democracy, which won a landslide victory. The military achieved a ceasefire with major ethnic insurgents. The international environment surrounding Myanmar has also drastically changed. Thus, the birth of military government was indeed a historic event for Myanmar. Our study group takes stock of these events and identifies underlying changes to predict the future of the military regime in this country.


2009/4 - 2011/3


Members of the Research Project

KUDO Toshihiro
INO Kenji, Professor, The University of Kitakyushu
TOSA Keiko, Professor, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
MASUDA Tomoko, JICA Expert on Education


The result of first year will be published in the I.D.E. interim report (in Japanese) in March 2010, and the final result will be published in the I.D.E. Study Series (in Japanese) in 2011.