3: Internal dynamics of the Burmese military: before, during and after the 2007 demonstrations

Win Min

Table of Contents

Introduction
Historical antecedents
Characteristics of the SLORC period (1988–92)
Internal dynamics before the August–September 2007 demonstrations
Internal dynamics during the August–September 2007 demonstrations
Internal dynamics after the August–September 2007 demonstrations
Future scenarios
References

Introduction

Since the military takeover in 1962, the internal dynamics in the Burmese military, which is not monolithic, have greatly affected the way successive military governments have organised themselves and operated. Top military leaders have devised their ideas, built up their power bases and purged rival factions in order to maintain their hardline approaches and their hold on power. This chapter explains how the internal dynamics of the Burmese military played out before, during and after the September 2007 demonstrations and analyses their impact, especially on political and socioeconomic reforms. It also considers possible future internal dynamics, how they might play out and the potential impacts for the country as a whole.