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Thailand’s Secessionist Muslim Insurgency Escalates

by Joshua Kurlantzick
October 22, 2012

Thai security personnel investigate the site of a bomb attack by suspected Muslim militants a roadside in southern Thailand's Yala province October 6, 2012. Thai security personnel investigate the site of a bomb attack by suspected Muslim militants a roadside in southern Thailand's Yala province October 6, 2012 (Surapan Boonthanom/Courtesy Reuters).

Over the past six months, the insurgency in southern Thailand, which seemed to be cooling off late last year, has once again heated up. Incidents of daily violence are up, and the insurgents are using increasingly sophisticated bombing and gunning techniques. The recent ceasefire deal in the southern Philippines between Manila and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front has shifted attention to the south Thailand insurgency, yet the prospect of change in the Thai south looks remote. In a new piece in The National, I analyze the prospects for the Thai south. Read the whole piece here.

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