Monique Skidmore, Trevor Wilson

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The military government in Myanmar, operating as the State Peace and
Development Council (SPDC), maintains a firm, but increasingly contested hold
on power and the country continues to stagnate economically and politically,
while its social infrastructure deteriorates. The regime manages to hold out
against various campaigns by its political opponents inside and outside the
country, and in particular has been successful in expanding its presence into
areas where it negotiated cease-fires in the 1990s and in consolidating its control
over much of Karen State in eastern Myanmar. It also survived a UN Security
Council vote in January 2007, but achieved this only through continued
repression and abuse of power, and through loyal support from its UN Security
Council backers, China and Russia.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDictatorship, Disorder and Decline in Myanmar
EditorsM Skidmore, T Wilson
Place of PublicationCanberra
PublisherANU E Press
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781921536328
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


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