MAIL: pavin [at] cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp
Politics and International Relations
Domestic politics and international relations of Thailand as well as politics of mainland Southeast Asia and interstate relations
Pavin Chachavalpongpun and Professor Noam Chomsky at University of Arizona, December 2017
I am currently working on several projects. In January 2017, I initiated a project with Stanford University’s Asia-Pacific Research Center, conducting a workshop on “Thailand after the Military Coup of 2014”. The end product will see an edited volume titled “Coup, King, Crisis: Thailand’s Troubled Politics after the 2014 Coup”. I have served as an editor for this project. The manuscript is to be published by Stanford University Press and will be released in 2018/2019. I also worked, as an editor, for my Kakenhi project on “The Opening Up of Myanmar”. We are in the final stage of revising the manuscript. It is expected that the book will be launched in 2018/2019.
The next project involved my conduct of interview with Professor Noam Chomsky, at Arizona University, in December. The interview is a part of two documentaries: one is on Prof Chomsky’s view on Thailand’s political situation, and the other is on his perception about democracy in the world at large. The first part will be shown via social media networks. The second part will be submitted to various film festivals. This is the first time one of the world’s greatest public intellectuals speaks openly about the political crisis in Thailand. I led this project, in cooperation with a Thai film director, Mr Passakorn Pramunwong. The two documentaries will be released to the public by the end of 2018.
I was able to secure extra funds for my three small projects. First, I won a Director’s Budget for my project with the London School of Economics (LSE) to form an institute-based research project on “Restructuring of Thailand’s Political and Economic Landscape in the Critical Royal Transitional Period”. This fund allowed me to spend 10 weeks as a Senior Fellow at the LSE. As a result, I produced an article on Thailand’s foreign relations in Thailand’s post-2014 period. Second, I won a budget from the Japan-ASEAN Program to study the territorial conflict between Thailand and Cambodia. I travelled to the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University and Columbia University to collect recently released information about the territorial conflict over the Preah Vihear temple. I will write a report on the findings, which will be a part of my project on territorial disputes in the next fiscal year. Thirdly, I won another Director’s Budget for my project of statelessness, comparing the stateless people in Myanmar (Rohingya) and those in Nepal. I traveled to Nepal in February 2018. The study of statelessness is a topic of my research whose findings will be published in a journal.
As a chief editor of Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia, I successfully compiled all articles published between 2013-2016 in a form of book, titled “The Blooming Years: Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia”, released in February 2017.
- Books and Monographs:
- 1. Karn Tood Thaksin [Thaksin’s Diplomacy] (Aan Publisher: Bangkok, 2016). In Thai.
- 2. Preah Vihear: A Guide to the Thai-Cambodian Conflict and Its Solutions, co-authored with Charnvit Kasetsiri and Pou Sothirak (Bangkok: White Lotus, 2013).
- 3. Reinventing Thailand: Thaksin Shinawatra and His Foreign Policy (Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2010).
- 4. Myanmar: Life After Nargis, co-authored with Moe Thuzar (Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2009).
- 5. A Plastic Nation: The Curse of Thainess in Thai-Burmese Relations (University Press of America, 2005/ISEAS, 2010).
- Edited Volumes:
- 1. Coup, King, Crisis: Thailand’s Troubled Political at the Critical Royal Transition, editor, (Stanford: Stanford University Press, forthcoming).:
- 2. Unravelling Myanmar: Critical Hurdles in the Transitional Period, editor, (Kyoto: Kyoto University Press, forthcoming).
- 3. The Blooming Years: Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia, editor, (Bangkok: Parbpim Limited Partnership, 2017).
- 4. Good Coup Gone Bad: Thailand’s Political Developments since Thaksin’s Downfall, editor, (Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2014).
- Journal article:
- 1. Thailand in Sino-US Rivalry: At the Crossroads of the Thai Internal Conflict, Occasional Paper No 29 (January 2016), Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Freiburg (Germany), pp. 1-18.
- 2. “Thailand 2015: Anxiety over the Royal Succession in the Post-Coup 2014”, Asia Maior: The Journal of the Italian Think Tank on Asia, Vol.XXVI (2015), pp.231-45.
- 3. “Neo-Royalism and the Future of Thai Monarchy: From Bhumibol to Vajiralongkorn”, Asian Survey, Vol 55, No 6 (November/December 2015), pp.1193-1216.