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Nearly two years on from a military coup, Myanmar has slid into civil war. A failed state in the heart of Asia benefits no one, says Bloomberg Opinion's Clara Ferreira Marques.

A civilian building destroyed after being landmined and burned down by the Myanmar military in Daw Ngay Ku village in Hparuso township, in eastern Myanmar's Kayah state, according to the rights group Amnesty International on July 20, 2022. (Photo: Handout / Amnesty International / AFP)

SINGAPORE: At the end of a conversation with a Ukrainian official a few months after Russia’s invasion, I asked what her greatest worry was. She replied without hesitation: “That we will be forgotten.”

That will sound only too familiar to the opponents of a brutal regime thousands of kilometres away, in Myanmar. Nearly two years after a coup and increasingly out of global headlines, one of Southeast Asia’s poorest nations has slid into an intractable civil war. By announcing plans for an election later this year - on its own terms, of course - the military is gambling it can project just enough legitimacy to ease o...