The Malay-Muslim Insurgency in Southern Thailand: Understanding the Conflict's Evolving Dynamic

The Malay-Muslim Insurgency in Southern Thailand: Understanding the Conflict's Evolving Dynamic

The Malay-Muslim Insurgency in Southern Thailand: Understanding the Conflict's Evolving Dynamic

The Malay-Muslim Insurgency in Southern Thailand: Understanding the Conflict's Evolving Dynamic

Synopsis

Current unrest in the Malay-Muslim provinces of southern Thailand has captured growing national, regional, and international attention due to the heightened tempo and scale of rebel attacks, the increasingly jihadist undertone that has come to characterize insurgent actions, and the central government1s often brutal handling of the situation on the ground. This paper assesses the current situation and its probable direction.

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This paper is part of the RAND Corporation’s research project for the U.S. Department of Defense on how to improve U.S. counterinsurgency (COIN) capabilities. It should be of interest to those concerned with issues arising from COIN and to scholars working in this field. It is one in a series of papers focusing on particular subjects. The project will culminate in a report that builds on these earlier efforts.

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