Pavin Chachavalpongpun

Pavin Chachavalpongpun is an Associate Professor at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, Japan, where he teaches Southeast Asian Politics and International Relations. Earning his PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies, he is an expert on Thai and Southeast Asia politics and is the author of two books: A Plastic Nation: The Curse of Thainess in Thai-Burmese Relations and Reinventing Thailand: Thaksin and His Foreign Policy.

How Safe is Thailand for Tourists?

September 22, 2014

To restore confidence, the Prayuth government must find the culprits of the British tourists’ murder. On September 17, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, the self-appointed Thai prime minister, suggested during a speech to senior bureaucrats that female tourists in Thailand are not safe if they wear bikinis. “They think our country is beautiful and...

Malaysia in 2014: A Perspective from Thailand

April 09, 2014

Unrest in Thailand could influence political developments in Malaysia. Thai-Malaysian relations have in the past decade been predominantly shaped by the situation in the three southernmost provinces of Thailand. In 2004, under the Thaksin Shinawatra administration, an Islamist insurgency re-erupted, seen in the incidents at Krue Sae Mosque in Pattani, where...