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Thai forensics officers work the site of a bomb-attack that injured dozens of people at the Big C department store in Pattani, southern Thailand, May 9, 2017.

Malaysian Broker to Push BRN Rebels toward Southern Thai Peace Talks

Facilitator Abdul Rahim Noor told Thai officials he would give rebel leaders an ultimatum.

Don Pathan

Don Pathan is a Thailand-based security analyst and has covered diplomacy, international relations, transnational crime and insurgency in Southeast Asia for more than two decades. He has been working with The Asia Foundation and the World Bank on development in southern Thailand over the last five years.

Pathan briefs diplomats, international think tanks and others on security and peace-building in Thailand. He co-authored “Confronting Ghosts: Thailand’s Shapeless Southern Insurgency” with Dr. Joseph Liow (S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore) and wrote a chapter in the "Trouble in the Triangle: Opium and Conflict in Burma" in which he examined the nexus between the United Wa State Army, the Thai government and the military regime of Burma/Myanmar.

He is a founding member of the Patani Forum, an organization that promotes critical discussion on the conflict in Thailand’s Malay-speaking South.

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