Thailand

Can a Source of Conflict Be Turned Into a Unifier Instead?

Specialists discussed the link between language, linguistics, human rights and peacebuilding in the Symposium on Language, Peace and Security, held at USIP on Feb. 21, the date that marks UNESCO's International Mother Language Day. USIP’s Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding hosted the forum with SIL International, the Center for Applied Linguistics, and the Alliance for Peacebuilding.

Navigating the Rise of Sunni-Shia Violent Sectarianism

A recent PEW Research Center report examined polls conducted between November 2011 and May 2012. It found that 52 percent of Muslims polled in Iraq, 44 percent in Afghanistan and 67 percent in Lebanon said Sunni-Shia tensions are a “very big or moderately big” problem in their country. The re-escalation of violence in Iraq this year likely would have increased the concern there if the polling were conducted today.

Detecting Looming Border Conflicts Using Satellites

USIP recently awarded $119,474 to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to analyze satellite images from six past conflicts in Asia, Eurasia, and Africa. Scientists will be looking for signs such as the massing of troops, construction of trenches, or  the building of military facilities near borders that might in the future help signal looming war. The idea would be to detect evidence of impending fighting without risking the danger of injecting monitors on the ground, and therefore buy time to try to de-escalate potential conflict.

Pandemics and Peace

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 14:00
Mon, 06/27/2011 - 16:00
Public Event

Upon the publication of "Pandemics and Peace: Public Health Cooperation in Zones of Conflict" (USIP Press, June 2011), panelists Dr. Jose Fernandez, Dr. Allyn Taylor, and author Dr. William J. Long discussed the relationship between pandemics and peace.

United States Institute of Peace
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Washington, D.C. 20037

Inquiries

If you have any questions about this event or your registration, please contact Meaghan Pierannunzi at mpierannunzi@usip.org.


The spread of infectious disease threats—particularly those with pandemic potential, including Avian flu, H1N1 flu, and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)—has and continues to present a grave health, security and humanitarian threat regionally and globally with direct implications for peacekeeping efforts.

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Thai-Cambodian Crisis over Preah Vihear

Amid tensions between Thailand and Cambodia along their shared border, USIP Senior Fellow Philippe Peycam gives an overview of the role of heritage sites and historical memory in the conflict.

Philippe Peycam

April 27, 2011

Amid tensions between Thailand and Cambodia along their shared border, USIP Senior Fellow Philippe Peycam gives an overview of the role of heritage sites and historical memory in the conflict.

Wed, 04/27/2011 - 16:59
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Global Health Diplomacy Can Foster International Cooperation

(Washington) – The United States Institute of Peace releases Pandemics and Peace: Public Health Cooperation in Zones of Conflict, a new study revealing lessons in infectious disease control and international health cooperation. Identifying infectious disease as a first-order problem affecting the security and welfare of the international system, author William J. Long explores the extent to which public health cooperation can lead to new and improved forms of transnational political cooperation in a host of important areas, such as counterterrorism, environmental challenges, resource management, human rights protection, and economic assistance.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 07:51
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Project on Conflict, Democracy and Security

Led by Daniel Brumberg, senior adviser to the Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention, this project examines the conditions surrounding political reform in unstable and/or divided societies, aiming to provide a guide for peaceful and inclusive democratic transformation.

For more than three years, USIP’s former Muslim World Initiative focused on problems of political reform and power sharing in the Arab world through an innovative Arab Political Oppositions Project.  The project highlighted the ways that leaders of political parties, nongovernmental organizations, civil society organizations, and official bodies in the Arab world have --or have not -- mobilized support for a common vision of political reform.

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Peace Media Clearinghouse

The Peace Media Clearinghouse provides a central site where educators, students, organizations, and the community of practitioners working in the conflict management field can access multimedia materials that support conflict analysis and prevention, conflict resolution, and post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation.

The Peace Media Clearinghouse provides a central site where educators, students, organizations, and the community of practitioners working in the conflict management field can access multimedia materials that support conflict analysis and prevention, conflict resolution, and post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation.

Fri, 01/08/2010 - 11:17
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Conspiracy of Silence: The Insurgency in Southern Thailand

Thu, 06/18/2009 - 14:00
Thu, 06/18/2009 - 15:30
Public Event

Drawing on his newly published USIP volume, Conspiracy of Silence: The Insurgency in Southern Thailand, Zachary Abuza and panelists will discuss an overlooked and brewing insurgency in southern Thailand and will address its impact on Thailand, Southeast Asia, and the global war on terror.

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Conspiracy of Silence

In this eye-opening volume, the author examines the roots of the current southern Thai conflict, gives a detailed overview of the present crisis, documents the flight of the south's Buddhist community, and argues that the Thai government has woefully misplayed its hand.

Zachary Abuza

“Abuza has long been one of America’s leading experts on terrorism and insurgency in Southeast Asia. Conspiracy of Silence is easily the most informative book on the nature of the conflict in southern Thailand and the weakness of the Thai government’s response so far.”
Daniel Byman, Georgetown University

Mon, 06/01/2009 - 15:04
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Articles & Analysis

March 20, 2014

One of the first things the Ukrainian parliament did after the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych last month was to repeal a law that allowed regional authorities to adopt Russian as a second official language after Ukrainian. The acting president understood the potential of the repeal to inflame tensions and vetoed the measure, but the moves highlight a larger question: what is the precise role of language in ethnic and national conflicts? Is language a driver of conflict, or is that merely a symptom of political and economic grievances?

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Philippe Peycam
Amid tensions between Thailand and Cambodia along their shared border, USIP Senior Fellow Philippe Peycam gives an overview of the role of heritage sites and historical memory in the conflict.
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USIP Staff
(Washington) – The United States Institute of Peace releases Pandemics and Peace: Public Health Cooperation in Zones of Conflict, a new study revealing lessons in infectious disease control and international health cooperation. Identifying infectious disease as a first-order problem affecting the security and welfare of the international system, author William J. Long explores the extent to which public health cooperation can lead to new and improved forms of transnational political cooperation in a host of important areas, such as counterterrorism, environmental challenges, resource management, human rights protection, and economic assistance.