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Myanmar coup reveals urgent need for ASEAN overhaul

Bloc of 10 nations hamstrung by self-defeating search for unanimity

| Southeast Asia
Protesters hold shields with attached pictures of Myanmar's military junta leader Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing in Yangon on Mar. 1: booting the country from ASEAN would be a good way to kick-start the bloc's revival.   © Reuters

Richard Heydarian is an Asia-based academic, columnist and author of "The Rise of Duterte: A Populist Revolt Against Elite Democracy" and the "The Indo-Pacific: Trump, China and the New Struggle for Global Mastery."

The Tatmadaw, as Myanmar's military is known, has reportedly killed 550 civilians, including more than 40 children, over the past two months as part of a brutal attempt to suppress nationwide protests against the Feb. 1 coup.

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