Reforms in Myanmar: Hype and Realities
Asian Journal of Public Affairs, LKY School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, Vol. 5, No. 2.
"... ex-military officers and their active-duty brethren retain complete monopoly control over the entire change process, reforms or not. In the new era of democratic transition, these men, in skirts or in green shirts, continue to hold all levers of state power at all levels of administration, including “people’s bicameral parliament”, judiciary, foreign affairs and finance, besides their legitimate domain, namely state security apparatuses. And it is they – not collaborating dissidents or the developmental technocrats – who determine the reforms’ nature, scope, priorities and pace."