The Influence of Religion
The Fight for Democracy
The current political climate within Burma is tense. The country is governed by a military junta, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC). Military regimes have effectively run the country under one guise or another since 1962. The country was formerly a self-isolated socialist state, with few allies; today it has a failing market economy with the changed name of ‘The Union of Myanmar’, and has become increasingly dependent on its close neighbours, notably China, India and Thailand.