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Back to Old Habits : Isolationism or the Self-Preservation of Burma’s Military Regime

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ISBN: 9782956447061 DOI: 10.4000/books.irasec.498 Language: English
Publisher: Institut de recherche sur l’Asie du Sud-Est contemporaine
Subject: Political Science
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This book argues that the Burmese military regime has always favoured an isolationist-type policy that finds its grassroots in Ne Win’s autarchic and xenophobic era as well as in Burma’s royal traditions, but without being completely cut off from the outside world. This policy approach is well suited to the Burmese authoritarian state which boasts an important strategic position in the region. In the past decade, the politics of “isolationism without isolation” has been skilfully developed by Burma’s military elite in order to preserve itself from both internal and external threats. Since the Depayin crackdown in May 2003, every step the Burmese junta has taken indicates that it has been consciously defining both its foreign policy and its internal political agenda according to these isolationist tendencies, as the recent fallbacks that followed the “Saffron Revolution” (September 2007) and the Cyclone Nargis (May 2008) illustrate. Not only does the military regime tend to strategically withdraw itself from the regional scene, by choosing only a few but crucial diplomatic and commercial partners like China, India, Singapore, Russia or Thailand, but it also gradually isolates itself from the rest of the Burmese society, by opting for a strategic and nationalist entrenchment which was perfectly highlighted by the purge of the pragmatic Military Intelligence Services (2004), the transfer of the capital to Naypyidaw (2005) and the strict control over the transitional process initiated by its own “Road Map towards a disciplined democracy” and undisrupted by the recent crises.

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democracy --- freedom --- Civil Society --- army --- junta --- autarchy

Réseaux d’influence et politique locale en Indonésie : Les « hommes forts » de l’organisation Pendekar Banten

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ISBN: 9782355960086 DOI: 10.4000/books.irasec.934 Language: French
Publisher: Institut de recherche sur l’Asie du Sud-Est contemporaine
Subject: Political Science
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En Indonésie, les milices civiles ont dans une large mesure participé aux différents soulèvements et mouvements politiques qui ont tracé le chemin de l’indépendance du pays en 1945. À Sumatra, Java, Madura, Bali, ces milices avaient pour socle des écoles d’arts martiaux, que le gouvernement entreprit de maîtriser par le biais d’organisations de type paramilitaire. Je propose ici d’étudier l’une d’entre elles, la Persatuan Pendekar Persilatan dan Seni Budaya Banten Indonesia (PPPSBBI), qui opère localement sous le nom de Pendekar Banten, les « hommes forts de Banten ».

Negotiating Women’s Veiling : Politics & Sexuality in Contemporary Indonesia

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ISBN: 9782355960109 DOI: 10.4000/books.irasec.981 Language: English
Publisher: Institut de recherche sur l’Asie du Sud-Est contemporaine
Subject: Political Science
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This study will focus on the Indonesian jilbab, an ubiquitous piece of cloth that covers the hair and neck of women tightly, leaving no skin unconcealed. Achievement and role of jilbab after the authoritarian regime of Soeharto in 1998 is hardly known. The author examines women perception but also the Sharia Ordinances and the narratives of censorship. Voices of both women and sexual minorities (transgenders, gays, lesbians, bisexuals and queers) finally demonstrate awareness of the politics of representation in contemporary Indonesia, highlighting the links between religion, politics and identity.

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politics --- gender --- democracy --- sexuality --- Civil Society --- Women --- rights --- Indonesia --- freedoms

Les Chemises Rouges de Thaïlande

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ISBN: 9782355960116 DOI: 10.4000/books.irasec.999 Language: French
Publisher: Institut de recherche sur l’Asie du Sud-Est contemporaine
Subject: Political Science
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Cette étude retrace les différents événements fondateurs du mouvement dit des Chemises rouges, depuis leur création embryonnaire à la veille du coup d'État du 19 septembre 2006 jusqu'à leur écrasante victoire électorale du 3 juillet 2011. Offrant un examen détaillé des actions et des motivations des différentes organisations et groupuscules qui composent les Chemises rouges, l'auteur s'attache à décrypter leur rapport au monde, les relations qui les lient à la personne de Thaksin Shinawatra et à son parti, l'ancien Thai Rak Thai, mais aussi à la monarchie et à l'histoire officielle de leur propre pays. C'est par l'invocation de personnalités, de discours et de symboles que transparaissent alors les forces et les faiblesses de ce mouvement hétérogène, diffus et pourtant décisif dans l'histoire politique contemporaine de la Thaïlande.

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