Date of Graduation

Fall 12-16-2011

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in International Studies


International Studies

First Advisor

Professor Stephen Zunes


This study explores the current Thai political conflict which began in 2005 and continues in 2011. This conflict is different from the nation’s past political conflicts, which were conflicts between people and the government. On the contrary, the current conflict is a conflict between Thais who share different political ideologies. Many scholars have explained causes and effects of the conflict on Thai society. However, currently, only a few scholars have proposed solutions to the conflict. Therefore, this is a challenge in order to investigate the current conflict and figure out sustainable means to transform the conflict and build peace in the society. This study posits that reconciliation, rehabilitation, and the narrowing of socioeconomic gaps can transform the current Thai political conflict and build peace in Thai society.

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