On the uprising in Myanmar, plus Covid state failure.
Southeast Asia scholar (and Bunga recidivist) Lee Jones joins us to talk about the coup in Myanmar (and why the word “coup” can be misleading), and explains the nature of the forces opposing the military, in the context of the country’s recent transition to civilian rule.
Then, from 40mins, we discuss how the UK failed in dealing with the pandemic, and how this applies across the West. Lee's recent work looks at the neoliberal "regulatory state" and its incapacities, so we compare the UK's failure with Korea's relative success.
- Preliminary thoughts on the Myanmar “coup”, Lee Jones, Medium
- Responding to the Myanmar coup, Crisis Group
- How the Civil Disobedience Movement can win, Aye Min Thant and Yan Aung, Frontier
- How the pandemic has exposed Britain’s failed ‘regulatory state’, Lee Jones, Daily Telegraph
- COVID-19 and the failure of the neoliberal regulatory state (pdf), Lee Jones and Shahar Hameiri, Review of International Political Economy