By Natalie Sambhi
Seriously, what’s with Thailand’s coups?
In this week’s episode of Sea Control: Asia Pacific, Natalie Sambhi interviews Greg Raymond, a research fellow at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University. He is currently working on a research project looking at Thailand, the United States and China. He is also converting his PhD thesis on Thailand’s strategic culture into a book.
They delve into what drives the Thai military, why strategic culture matters and how Thailand’s coups have impacted on the development of its doctrine. As Greg explains, understanding the military and its history is key to understanding the future trajectory of this pivotal Southeast Asian state and its civil-military relations.
Follow Greg on Twitter @GregoryVRaymond
For more on Thailand and strategic culture, here are Greg’s top reading picks:
- Fineman, Daniel, A Special Relationship: The United States and Military Government in Thailand, 1947–1958, University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, 1997, http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu/p-121-9780824818180.aspx
- Snyder, Jack L., The Soviet Strategic Culture : Implications for Limited Nuclear Operations. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 1977. http://www.rand.org/pubs/reports/R2154.html
- Booth, Ken and Russell Trood (eds.), Strategic Cultures in the Asia-Pacific Region, Palgrave Macmillan UK, London, 1999. http://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9780333651759
- Johnston, Alastair Iain, Cultural Realism: Strategic Culture and Grand Strategy in Chinese History, Princeton University Press, New Jersey, 1998. http://press.princeton.edu/titles/5716.html