Ashes of co-optation: from armed group fragmentation to the rebuilding of popular insurgency in Myanmar

@article{Brenner2015AshesOC,
  title={Ashes of co-optation: from armed group fragmentation to the rebuilding of popular insurgency in Myanmar},
  author={David Allen Brenner},
  journal={Conflict, Security \& Development},
  year={2015},
  volume={15},
  pages={337 - 358}
}
  • D. Brenner
  • Published 3 August 2015
  • Political Science
  • Conflict, Security & Development
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