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

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

The protests on 18 July 2020 in a large demonstration organized under the Free Youth umbrella (Thai: เยาวชนปลดแอก; RTGS: yaowachon plot aek) at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok., cc Supanut Arunoprayote. , modified, https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Protest_in_2020_Democracy_Monument_(II).jpg

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

cc Flickr Appie Verschoor, modified, https://www.flickr.com/photos/xiffy/2781586556/in/photolist-5eNmLU-aikHeH-94b7qJ-uHbmFx-d6yfkS-3hQeyG-iavtBP-6BQpiA-dKkfPd-5UUFog-7SsmJv-aimPhD-aindxG-uHaAtV-vEoJmv-5h1ptb-nH4au2-zFFk1w-vnyR1x-qFWKnj-6r4cwt-5SJenE-vnyUMR-vDsQV1-3hPd5N-uHb1dt-uHb3fz-c7Bpbo-vE1Rat-vBHEZq-vEp66B-vDsQs7-vE1MMX-vEp2qk-uHbpvR-uHbrQa-vnryTN-5vUaCg-a1grT-5vYG6m-8j96RF-czUe43-psQWzA-b9vxW8-ki5jVX-dNY1rf-bg923D-ki58hr-oaTGgk-c7B6VQ

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?

Cambodian Flag, CC Flickr, Damien Dempsey, Modified, https://www.flickr.com/photos/yarra64/3394225935/, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

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

A Little Bit of History Repeating? Thai Students and Revolution

Thai protests in 2013, cc ilf_, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Protesters_on_motorcycles_in_Bangkok,_1_December_2013.jpg

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

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