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Mourners attend a funeral for Abdullah Esomuso, a suspected insurgent who was left in a coma after being interrogated by military forces in Pattani, a province in Thailand’s Deep South, Aug. 25, 2019.

Thailand Wasting Opportunity for Change in Deep South

Regional violence is at an all-time low but the government is ignoring the opportunity to reach out to Pattani Malays.

Zachary Abuza

Dr. Zachary Abuza is a professor at the National War College in Washington where he focuses on 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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