Understanding Myanmar’s anti-democratic patron–client network

Source: East Asia Forum

Published on Feb. 23, 2021, 12:55 p.m.

Recent developments in Karen State illustrate why the Tatmadaw felt compelled to end the NLD’s authority. A patron-client network of the Tatmadaw, Border Guard Force (BGF), Ma Ba Tha, cronies and foreign companies thrives in Karen State. 

Mikael Gravers

Opinion paper

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