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Villagers watch the site of a bombing that killed three people at a market in Yala province, southern Thailand, Jan. 22, 2018.

Thai Military, Southern Rebels Must Agree on Rules of Engagement

Insurgents are controlling pace and frequency of attacks in Deep South, analyst Don Pathan argues.

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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