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The next upcoming presentation is:
Thailand’s Military in 2013: A Power in the Background
The armed forces of Thailand have long been a major political actor standing upon the political stage. Be it as junior partner to absolute kings, enjoying absolute power themselves, or currently, as the guarantors for security to the kingdom of Thailand, the military remains a crucial opaque entity of enormous clout. The military leadership has, since 2006 been steadfastly opposed to former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. In 2011,the pro-Thaksin Puea Thai party won a landslide election. Since then, an uneasy accommodation has settled across civil-military relations in Thailand. How stable is this accommodation? What is the extent today of civilian control over the military? Will Thailand’s armed forces continue to exert enormous power or will Thailand see any demilitarization? These and other related issues will be discussed at this presentation.
Paul Chambers graduated with a Ph.D. in Political Science from Northern Illinois University. He was a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand and has lived in Thailand off and on since 1993. He was senior research fellow at Heidelberg University in Germany (2008-2011); teacher/researcher at Payap University (2006-2011); and is currently a research fellow at the Peace Research Institute in Frankfurt, Germany.
Note: This event will be conducted in English.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
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