CACS Receives Toyota Grant to Find New Peace Options in Thailand’s Deep South + Aceh, Indonesia

CACS has gratefully received generous support from the Toyota Foundation to conduct a comparative study of civil-military relations in the peace processes in both Thailand’s Deep South and Indonesia’s semi-autonomous Aceh province. Focusing on the multi-cultural and multi-generational issues in both cases, CACS hopes that our research can help open possible new avenues to sustainable…

New book “Khaki Capital” edited by Paul Chambers & Napisa Waitoolkiat

CACS’s research team of Paul Chambers and Napisa Waitoolkiat have come together to edit this volume of seven studies of ‘khaki capital’—military domination of budgets, economy, and political power—throughout Southeast Asia: in Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines and Indonesia. Each chapter analyses the evolution of khaki capital in the case country; the role…

“Queering” Thai Masculinities and Sexualities in “Phi Mak Phra Khanong”

Atit Pongpanit explores how the 2013 film “Phi Mak Phra Kanong”—based on a well-known and oft-retold Thai legend—ignores the traditional ending of the tale where the living and the dead are definitively separated. In this film, the hero and heroine question, challenge, and resist norms of sexuality and the power of religion. The film “queers” the contemporary…

Foreign Penetration in the CLMV Benefits and Costs

CACS professor Paul Chambers’ exploration of foreign influence and penetration into the “CMLV” states (Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam) examines the role of a variety of state actors from near and far attempting to leverage the gap between the four CMLV nations and their ASEAN partners to extend their own influence—varying from Singapore and Thailand to…

Managing the Migration Crisis in ASEAN+

Dr Napisa Waitoolkiat together with Dr Sriprapha Petcharameesree reported on “Crisis Management in ASEAN + 3—Migration: In Search of Proper Management”  on 28-30 July in Bangkok at the 14th Annual Network of East Asia Think Tanks Meeting. Their work was used to provide a memorandum on migration for the ASEAN Plus Three summit in Vientiane 6-8 September 2016.

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Myanmar Watch: the Road to Election 2015

Myanmar Watch: The Road to Election 2015 Chuthaporn Suntayakorn Dr. Piratorn Punyaratabandhu Dr. Napisa Waitoolkiat Photo courtesy of oxlaey.com Myanmar will hold its general elections on 8th November 2015. The November general elections will mark a significant step for Myanmar’s democratization given that they are the first open elections in almost three decades since the…

Emergence of ASEAN Enterprise

Will the AEC mean more opportunity or the end of the line for regional players? ASEAN enterprise is full of risk and reward for companies as the field opens to both players from neighboring ASEAN states and two towering behemoths—India and China. CACS adjunct professor, Dr Masato Abe provides this essay on his research, readings, and analysis of the future…

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…