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…

Rise and Varieties of Party Factionalism in Southeast Asia

CACS together with GIGA (German Institute of Global and Area Studies) presents “The Rise and Varieties of Party Factionalism in Southeast Asia.” This two-day workshop will examine intra-party factions and factionalism in competitive party systems of Southeast Asia. These include the cases of Indonesia, the Philippines, East Timor (Timor-Leste), Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Cambodia. The workshop…

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…

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…