The Myanmar Coup and the Role of Asean

15 Pages Posted: 24 Mar 2022

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Harsh Mahaseth

Jindal Global Law School, O.P. Jindal Global University

Aryan Tulsyan

O.P. Jindal Global University - Jindal Global Law School

Date Written: January 29, 2022

Abstract

On the 1st of February 2021, the Myanmar military detained members of the National League for Democracy, including President Win Myint and State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, and later removed 24 ministers, and finding 11 replacements within the same day. The Myanmar army commander-in-chief, General Min Aung Hlaing, justified this move by claiming a fraud in the 2020 general elections, and declared an emergency for a period of one year, after which he claims new elections would be conducted. Plans for the takeover of the government commenced almost immediately after the victory of the NLD in the general elections, and when Suu Kyi refused to give in to the military demands during Chinese-brokered negotiations between the NLD and the Military, they decided to stage the coup. This paper intends to analyse the chain of events of the Myanmar coup and what ASEAN can do in such a situation. The authors intend to look at the role of ASEAN in this Myanmar coup. Chapter 1 introduces the entire topic and gives a background of the Myanmar coup. Chapter 2 looks into the response of the international community to the coup. Chapter 3 analyses the concept of the ASEAN Way and how that might have affected the role of ASEAN in the coup, and Chapter 4 will look at the role that ASEAN could have played. The authors conclude in Chapter 5 with what ASEAN should do now.

Keywords: Myanma, coup, ASEAN, ASEAN Way

JEL Classification: K00, K33, K30, F50, F51, F52

Suggested Citation

Mahaseth, Harsh and Tulsyan, Aryan, The Myanmar Coup and the Role of Asean (January 29, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4021075 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4021075

Harsh Mahaseth (Contact Author)

Jindal Global Law School, O.P. Jindal Global University ( email )

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Aryan Tulsyan

O.P. Jindal Global University - Jindal Global Law School ( email )

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