Monday’s coup d’etat in Myanmar stung a Washington eager to return to the business of promoting democracy, with President Joe Biden leading his foreign policy speech at the State Department on Thursday with a strong critique of the army’s seizure of power.
The coup negated what was considered a foreign policy win for the Barack Obama administration, which in 2016 lifted all sanctions on Myanmar in return for its transition to what was at best a hybrid form of democracy, but still represented a huge change from the previous draconian military regime.
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