Strategic Violence During Democratization: Evidence from Myanmar

  title={Strategic Violence During Democratization: Evidence from Myanmar},
  author={Darin Christensen and Darin Mai Renard Nguyen and Darin Mai Renard Sexton},
  journal={World Politics},
  pages={332 - 366}
abstract:Democratic transitions are often followed by conflict. This article explores one explanation: the military's strategic use of violence to retain control of economically valuable regions. The authors uncover this dynamic in Myanmar, a country transitioning from four decades of military rule. Fearing that the new civilian government will assert authority over jade mining, the military initiated violence in mining townships. Using geocoded data on conflict and jade mines, the authors find… Expand
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