Applauding Burma’s democratization Yola Verbruggen | 27 August 2013 What was a relentless military dictatorship only a few years ago is now an applauded ‘democracy’. But not everybody is joining in with the clapping. ▶ Yola Verbruggen Yola Verbruggen is a political scientist, based in Yangon. Since 2010, she has done research and writing focused on Burma/Myanmar. She has conducted research in Burma and on the Thai-Burma border.