Ownership over the Security Sector and Peace-Building in Southern Thailand

Dr Paul Chambers, Dr Napisa Waitoolkiat, and Dr. Srisompob Jitpiromsri (director of Deep South Watch) examined the intricacies of the connections between the security sector, Thailand’s long-running Southern insurgency, and the hopes for peace in their collaborative article “Locating the Local: Untangling Ownership over Security Sector Processes of Peace-Building: The Case of Southern Thailand,” in the anthology World Anthropologies in…

ASEAN from the Japanese Perspective

Dr Katsuyuki Takahashi made a careful reading of articles and research published in Japanese journals Gaiko Forum and Gaiko, “insider” journals of Japanese diplomatic thinking, to glean strains of Orientalism in the Japanese approach to ASEAN. Read the abstract, in Thai, from the Japanese Studies Journal of Thammasat University, 2015 issue, here.

Thai-Lao Relations Across the Mekong: 1944-1952

Dr Katsuyuki Takahashi researched the friendly state of Thai-Lao relations in the short period between the end of World War II and the beginning of the communist/capitalist Indochina conflicts with his exploration of “Thai-Lao Friendly Relations across the Mekong River during 1944-1952”, published in Changing Way of Life of Ethnicities in the Mekong Region, Mekong Sub-region Social Research Center,…

Political Party Finance in Thailand Today: Evolution, Reform, Control

An examination of the evolution of political party finance in Thailand, in “Political Party Finance in Thailand Today: Evolution, Reform, Control,” Dr Napisa and Dr Paul Chambers investigated the linkage between party finance and Thailand’s democratization process, and the overall game for power between military, regional factions, and party leaders. This study scrutinized the historical evolution of party finance, from…

ASEAN and the Rise of Regional Education

  On Thursday, 12 May from 9-noon Teerakiat Jareonsettasin, Deputy Minister of Education, will give a presentation + Q&A session on “ASEAN and the Rise of Regional Education.” The first half will be in Thai, followed by a session in English. Questions, comments, and participation from attendees is very welcome! Please contact Ms Kamonrat Fuangprang for further information:…