The World Unpacked

Is This the End for Democracy in Myanmar?

Episode Summary

Sana Jaffrey joins Laura to discuss whether Myanmar’s democratic experiment can survive the recent coup and how the international community is responding.

Episode Notes

The coup in Myanmar on February 1 took the world by surprise as the military arrested civilian officials, including Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, whose party won a landslide victory in parliamentary elections in November 2020. Many in the international community have condemned the coup, and thousands of protestors have taken to the streets this week.

Sana Jaffrey, a nonresident scholar in Carnegie’s Asia Program, joins Laura to talk about how Myanmar got to this point and how the region and the West are responding.