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Thai Military Power : A Culture of Strategic Accommodation - by Gregory Vincent Raymond (Paperback)
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Being at the centre of the vital Asia–Pacific region, Thailand is important. But, despite its large population and powerful military forces performing significant roles in state and society, Thailand has little military power. Why is this? Using strategic culture as an analytical framework, this book portrays the Thai state as an accommodative actor. When Western empires dominated in Asia, Thailand ‘bent in the wind’ to preserve its independence by a limited trading of territory and sovereignty. This policy continues today in different forms. A key feature is that military organizational culture reinforces a state ideology of royalist nationalism, in turn reinforcing the national strategic culture. Significant here is internal political acceptance not just of military domination in civil–military relations but also of the Thai military’s limitations in state-on-state combat. The author finds such ‘underbalancing’ – not responding to threat, or responding inadequately – elsewhere in Southeast Asia, too.
Number of Pages: 293
Genre: Political Science
Series Title: Nias Monographs
Publisher: Univ of Hawaii Pr
Author: Gregory Vincent Raymond
Street Date: May 31, 2018
Item Number (DPCI): 248-64-1172
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