Talk on Thai Politics and Military at Payap University, Chiang Mai

The Thai and Southeast Asian Studies Program at Payap University is proud to announce the following special lecture as part of “PAYAP PRESENTS,” a regular lecture series (in English) featuring scholars working on Southeast Asia.

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

“Thailand in Crisis: Resurgent Military, Diminished Democracy, and Future Possibilities”

Speaker: Paul Chambers, Ph.D.

One of the foremost experts on civil-military relations in Southeast Asia, Dr. Chambers is concurrently Senior Research Fellow, Politics Institute, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany, and Senior Researcher, the Thai and Southeast Asian Studies Program, Payap University, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

When: Thursday, 8 July 2010

Time: 5pm to 6pm

Room 317, Pentecost Building (formerly the Graduate and International Studies Building), Mae Khao Campus (behind Carrefour), Payap University

Overview of talk:

Thailand’s political winds are blowing ever stronger as forces either defending the status quo or seeking change brace themselves for an imminent critical juncture. The growing partisan divide has facilitated greater military incisions over civilian decision-making domains, bestowing a preponderance of power upon soldiers as opposed to elected representatives. The result has been an erosion of democracy amidst already-intensified political instability. Though the military is not monolithically supportive of either side, the far majority of soldiers (especially those in positions of power) are inclined toward the status quo. In this presentation, Dr. Chambers examines contemporary civil-military relations in Thailand, the state of unity in the Thai armed forces, and potential political outcomes. He argues that, with enhanced uncertainty hanging in the air, Thai politics remain extremely fluid, the only surety being a heightened political role for Thailand’s military.

Please note that there is a new PAYAP PRESENTS website where you can find more information about this talk as well as past and future talks: http://ic.payap.ac.th/pp