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Title: The united WA state army : the road from insurgency to political legitimacy
Authors: Villot, Marc Gilbert
Keywords: DRNTU::Social sciences::Political science
Issue Date: 2010
Abstract: Since its creation in 1989, the United Wa State Party has sought to change its image from an insurgent, narco-army to an accepted political entity. Looking at the early history of the Wa people, this dissertation attempts to map the political process that brought along the creation of the UWSP. It assesses the impact of foreign armies and groups on how the Wa created their political and ethnic identity, as well as their understanding of political administration. The path to political legitimacy has been a difficult one; the UWSP has discovered the difficulties of becoming a civilian administration when faced with an uneducated and industrially unskilled population. This has hampered the development of a truly Wa political party, that could take on a more legitimate role as the administrating organization of the Wa Special Region. Furthermore, this dissertation attempts to highlight the traditional role of the drug trade in Wa livelihoods as a vital cash-crop. It argues that the current stance of the international community is detrimental to the continued implementation of the opium ban, as it does not provide enough aid to the people most hit — the Wa populace. Finally, this dissertation reviews the controversial road to the elections and how the current junta stance on ethnic armies pushes them closer to renewed civil war.
Description: 52 p.
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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