29 Sep '17, 1pm

Modern War Institute @WarInstitute via SWJ - Is There a Thai Way of Counterinsurgency?

My biggest critique of this book is one of validity . In the introduction, Dr. Moore aims this book at both academia and security practitioners, but fails to deliver something meaningful to either party by never demonstrating the similarity of the conflicts or suggesting what types of conflicts the Thai way of counterinsurgency may apply to. According to the Uppsala Conflict Data Program , only the communist and ongoing Pattani insurgencies meet their definition of an active insurgency, meaning that the 1980-1998 case fails to qualify. Likewise, the Council on Foreign Relations article mentioned earlier does not acknowledge the 1980-1998 southern campaign as a counterinsurgency effort. Additionally, the communist insurgency presented an existential threat to the Thai monarchy in every region , while the southern insurgencies raged only in the three southernmost provinces. ...

Full article: http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/is-there-a-thai-way-...

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