Secrets and Power in Myanmar: Intelligence and the Fall of General Khin Nyunt

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Huang Tianlei, New Mandala, 5 Nov 2019. 

"Secrets and Power in Myanmar is an update as well as an extension of one of Selth's earlier works on the Burmese intelligence system, published in the late 1990s. Though it depends heavily on materials published in English, as Selth himself acknowledges, it is still a great contribution to the study of the praetorian state in Burma, first and foremost because of its intellectual honesty in distinguishing facts and opinions in a field full of anecdotes, hearsay and speculation. It employs a wealth of first-hand materials, including interviews, memoirs and diplomatic cables, and dissects the information carefully to present a broad picture of Burma's intelligence apparatus both before and after the downfall of Khin Nyunt in 2004. The book is a must-read for all Burma observers both for the enormous richness in its content and its skilful presentation of a vast amount of information." 

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"No external observer knows more about Myanmar’s security and intelligence apparatus than Andrew Selth. In this book he presents an account of the structure and functions of Myanmar’s deep state, along with a tale of personal ambition, rivalry and ruthless power politics worthy of John Le Carre. A thoroughly educative, entertaining and intriguing read." 
— Professor Michael Wesley, Dean, College of Asia and the Pacific, 
The Australian National University 

"Andrew Selth has once again amply illustrated the depth and penetration of his study of Myanmar/Burma and its institutions. This work on the more recent aspects of the country’s intelligence apparatus goes beyond a masterful and comprehensive analysis of the Burmese intelligence community, and probes the social and institutional bases of the attitudes giving rise to that critical aspect of power. We are once again in Dr Selth’s debt. This is required reading for serious observers of the Burmese scene." 
— David I. Steinberg, Distinguished Professor of Asian Studies Emeritus,
Georgetown University 

"By lifting the lid on a pervasive yet secretive intelligence apparatus, Andrew Selth makes an outstanding contribution to Myanmar Studies. For scholars and practitioners alike, this book provides an essential history of a security state that remains powerful even during the transition away from overt authoritarian rule." 
— Professor Ian Holliday, Vice-President (Teaching and Learning), 
The University of Hong Kong


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Secrets and Power in Myanmar: Intelligence and the Fall of General Khin Nyunt [Whole Publication, ISBN: 978-981-4843-79-9], by Andrew Selth, author 21.00 USD
Preliminary pages Download
1. Introduction Download
2. Myanmar’s Intelligence Apparatus Before 2004 5.00 USD
3. The Fall of General Khin Nyunt 5.00 USD
4. Power Shifts and Structural Changes 5.00 USD
5. Intelligence Developments Since 2011 5.00 USD
6. Intelligence Failures 5.00 USD
7. Foreign Relationships 5.00 USD
8. Questions of Accountability 5.00 USD
9. Conclusion 5.00 USD
Select Bibliography Download
Index Download
About the Author Download

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