Mark S. Cogan

Mark S. Cogan is an Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan. He is a former communications specialist with the United Nations in Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Middle East. His Twitter is: https://twitter.com/markscogan

UN’s Failed Xinjiang Visit Comes at Heavy Cost

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Despite years of posturing and negotiation, the UN’s grand opportunity to shed light on some of the gravest human rights abuses of our time ended in total failure.

Japan’s Recent Diplomacy in Cambodia Bears Fruit

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Japan’s long-standing and close relationship with Cambodia has paid dividends recently, specifically on the Ukraine crisis and the South China Sea.

Information Wars: Securitization Creep Pervades Thai Society

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The Thai government is locked in a years-long struggle to position itself as the ultimate arbiter of truth.

The Rise, Dominance, and Decline of Thailand’s Monarchy

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To understand the demands of student protesters in Thailand, one must first understand the royalist-military compact that has dominated the country’s politics for decades.

Land Rights in Cambodia and the Long Persecution of a Buddhist Monk

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The personal experience of activist Luon Sovath reflects a rapidly shrinking space for political dissent in Cambodia.

What’s Behind the Recent Arrests of Cambodian Activists?

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Exploring the forces driving a recent crackdown against opposition figures in Cambodia.

A Little Bit of History Repeating? Thai Students and Revolution

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Are events in Thailand just a little bit of history repeating or do they portend major change?

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