Center for Southeast Asian Studies Friday Forum Lecture Series
Puangthong Pawakapan, "Development and Impact of the Thai Military's Political Offensive"
Friday, October 12, 2018
206 Ingraham Hall
It is recognized that the military coups in Thailand in 2006 & 2014 were attempts of the anti-democratic alliance of the old powers against the rise of electoral politics. Little attention has been paid to the military’s expansive civil affairs projects, including development programs, mass organizations & mobilization campaigns, ideological & psychological programs. Puangthong argues that the Thai military paid great importance to its civil affairs projects as an offensive to control politics.