Understanding the Tatmadaw

MYANMAR’S armed forces, the Tatmadaw, has been significantly instrumental to the development of Burmese politics. The regime has historically anathematised entities that pose a threat towards national security. Internal threats, ranging from separatist insurgencies and communist revolutionaries, were swiftly counteracted through Tatmadaw initiatives under the supervision of the post-independence civilian government in the late 1940s. A deteriorating political situation led to Burma’s disintegration, which consequently allowed for the transfer of power to the Tatmadaw by senior government officials so as to restore stability.