Residents of Khoksator, a village in southern Thailand’s insurgency-ridden Narathiwat province, watch police investigate the scene where an eight-year-old boy and three relatives were shot dead on their way to school, March 2, 2017.

Thailand, BRN Rebels are Far Apart on Key Issues in Peace Talks

Insurgents’ demand for autonomy is “absolute non-starter” for the Thai government, analyst Zachary Abuza says.

abuza.jpgDr. Zachary Abuza is a professor at the National War College, and an adjunct professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University, both in Washington. His focus is Southeast Asian politics and security issues, including governance, insurgencies, democratization and human rights, and maritime security.

He is the author of five books, including Conspiracy of Silence: The Insurgency in Southern Thailand (2008), Political Islam and Violence in Indonesia (2006), Militant Islam in Southeast Asia (2003), and Renovating Politics in Contemporary Vietnam (2001). His latest book, Forging Peace in Southeast Asia: Insurgencies, Peace Processes, and Reconciliation, is a comparative analysis of the peace processes in Aceh, Mindanao, and southern Thailand (2016).

In addition, he has authored four monographs on security issues in Southeast Asia, as well as a major survey on the media and civil society in Vietnam for the National Endowment for Democracy.

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