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Publication BookChapter
Title The southern conflict
Author Engvall, Anders ; Andersson, Magnus
Research Centre Institute for Urban Research
Editor Chachavalpongpun, Pavin
Date 2019
English abstract
Thailand’s southern border region is distinctly different from the rest of the country due to its predominantly Malay-Muslim population with a long history of resistance to Thai rule. The spatial patterns of violence follow linguistic and religious patterns, reinforcing the view that southern insurgents rely on ethnic and religious identities for mobilisation. The central Thai government has been largely ineffective at handling the violence in the south. A widespread use of bombs with indiscriminate impact has led to large civilian casualties forming the majority of dead throughout the conflict. The violence reoccurred in 2004 and has claimed more than 6,000 lives. Government efforts to end the conflict have primarily focused on military suppression and state-centred development programmes, with only limited success. As the sources of the conflict is intimately linked to the centralisation of Thai political power and failure to create a widespread sense of legitimacy, only genuine political concessions towards a higher level of self-determination can lead to a permanent settlement of the conflict.
Link https://www.routledge.com/Routledge-Handbook-of-Co... (external link to publication)
Publisher Routledge
Host/Issue Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Thailand
ISBN 9781138558410
9781315151328
Language eng (iso)
Subject Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
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