Domestic Drivers, Regional Dynamics: ASEAN and the Thai-Cambodian Border Dispute


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Asia Pacific Security Seminar

When: Mar 25 2011 (All day)
Where: Washington, DC: East-West Center in Wahshington, Second Floor Conference Room

Dr. Thitinan Pongsudhirak
Visiting Professor, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

The border dispute between Thailand and Cambodia over the Preah Vihear temple complex recently turned violent when both sides engaged in military skirmishes that left several troops dead, scores of civilians injured, and many villagers displaced. Known as Preah Vihear to Cambodians and Phra Viharn to Thais, this ancient temple, perched on a cliff and accessed by a contested parcel of land, is a legacy of colonial history and an ongoing source of bilateral tension that has periodically flared up behind guns and tanks and in the corridors of international legal adjudication. In this seminar, Dr. Thitinan Pongsudhirak will focus on the domestic drivers of the Preah Vihear controversy and the responses of ASEAN and international actors to shed light on the efficacy of Southeast Asia's regional organization.

Friday, March 25
12:00 P.M. – 1:15 P.M.
Lunch will be served.

East-West Center in Washington
1819 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, Second Floor Conference Room
This event is free and open to the public.

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Thitinan Pongsudhirak is currently a visiting professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He is also an associate professor of international political economy at Chulalongkorn University and the director of the Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) in Thailand. Dr. Pongsudhirak has co-edited and authored three books, including Thailand's Trade Policy Strategy and Capacity, with Razeen Sally, and written numerous journal articles and book chapters on Thailand's politics, political economy, and foreign policy, and ASEAN security and economic cooperation. These articles have appeared in many publications, such as Global Asia, Southeast Asian Affairs, Far Eastern Economic Review, and East Asian Forum Quarterly; he is also frequently quoted by the media. Previously, Dr. Pongsudhirak has held visiting positions at Stanford University, ISEAS in Singapore, and University of Tuebingen, and has lectured at many local and overseas universities. He received his PhD from the London School of Economics, where his work on the political economy of the 1997 Thai economic crisis was awarded the United Kingdom's Best Dissertation prize.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Ms. Alison Hazell
Phone: 202.327.9752