Professor and Head of Social Sciences, University of Tasmania
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When autocrats get it wrong, what is the moral response?
Russia and Myanmar are both run by strongmen who have judged that overwhelming violence can beat their opponents into submission. Dr Matt Killingsworth and Professor Nicholas Farrelly argue responding to their aggression, and supporting democratic voices to prevail, requires careful attention to the values we hold.
What next for Myanmar’s blundering army bosses?
As fighting in Myanmar between the army, armed ethnic groups and civilians drags on, there appears little prospect of a peaceful compromise to end the bloodshed. Professor Nicholas Farrelly argues the military’s model of co-option of pliant civilians worked for a time but there is increasingly no way back to that experiment in quasi democracy.
Following the military's detention of Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other prominent government figures, Adam Simpson and Nich Farrelly write this coup d'etat could prove a disorderly end to the détente between the military and civilians.