People wade through floodwaters after heavy rains in Sungai Kolok, a district in the Muslim-majority province of Narathiwat in southern Thailand, Dec. 20, 2021.

Bahasa Melayu as ‘Working Language’ May Feature in Upcoming Thai-BRN Peace Talks

During two years of mostly online negotiations, both sides have missed opportunities to reduce tensions, analyst Don Pathan says.

Don-Pathan-mug.jpgDon 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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