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Myanmar's National Unity forces must overcome divide and rule tactics

The only way forward is to offer an inclusive political path for minority groups

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Supporters of National Unity Government march on a street in Yangon on Apr. 17: the NUG could form a stronger alliance by building trust with potential partners.   © AP

Ardeth Thawnghmung is chair of the Department of Political Science at University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Six months since the Feb. 1 takeover, Myanmar's military has gradually regained control over the country's core areas by relying on brutal repression. But it is clear that the military has been unable to take control of daily operations of the economy and society.

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