Renaud Egreteau holds degrees in comparative politics and Asian languages as well as a PhD in political science from Sciences Po Paris (2006). He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) in Singapore and a Research Associate with the Center for International Research (CERI) in Paris, France. He was previously a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong, where he taught comparative politics (2009-2013). He authored Wooing the Generals: India’s New Burma Policy (Authorspress, 2003), Histoire de la Birmanie Contemporaine (Fayard, 2010) and (with Larry Jagan) Soldiers and Diplomacy in Burma (NUS Press, 2013). He is currently exploring the resurgence of parliament and legislative affairs in post-junta Burma (Myanmar).

Project Summary

The project seeks to provide a fresh perspective from which recent political and legislative changes in Myanmar can best be construed. Drawing exclusive interviews with Burmese legislators, it will offer an in-depth examination of the first “post-junta” legislature (2010-2015). The main question to be answered is whether, and if so, to what extent, Myanmar’s emerging parliament played a role in the ongoing transition and paved the way for the consolidation of pluralism in the country. In particular, the project will assess the contributions the legislature has made to the incremental process of political, if not necessarily democratic, change in Myanmar since 2010. In doing so, it hopes to encourage smarter international policy engagement with Myanmar’s new policy realities, and outline innovative ideas for international assistance to a policy-influencing institution that is deemed essential to any emerging democracy.

Major Publications

“(Re)-Emerging Patterns of Parliamentarian Politics”, in Steinberg, David I., ed., Myanmar: The Dynamics of an Evolving Polity, Boulder CO: Lynne Rienner, 2014.

“Myanmar: Transition, Enduring Praetorian Politics and the Prospects from Democratic Change”, in Case, William, ed., Routledge Hanbook of Democratization in Southeast Asia, London: Routledge, 2014.

Soldiers and Diplomacy in Burma: Understanding the Foreign Relations of the Burmese Praetorian State (with Larry Jagan), Singapore: NUS Press, 2013.