There are many theoretical experts on peacemaking who have thoroughly studied about peace processes of many conflict areas in the world, particularly in Southeast Asia. Professor Zachary Abuza is one of them who is also foremost expert on international terrorism. For a long time, he has also been closely monitoring the violence and conflict in Deep South of Thailand. Recently, Professor Abuza has an in-depth study about peacebuilding in the Indonesia's Aceh, the Philippines's Mindanao, and Deep South of Thailand (or Patani), comparatively identifying individual cases as the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. He summarizes some of his study's remarks in a short article and gives it to Deep South Watch specifically. This is the the article from a well-known professor on terrorism, peace and conflict, which is timely when it comes to the slowly moving on peace dialogue in Thailand's Deep South.
Peace requires justice. This article, written by Patrick Barron, describes the characteristics of transitional justice mechanisms and explores if and how they can help drive the Deep South/Patani towards peace. It also points out the challenges of applying the concept/approach in the Southern Thailand context.
A brainstorming session of activists working in Thailand’s Deep South was a venue to discuss and explore peace possibilities. Gen. Nakrob believed the discussion will move forward while a number of academics/rights activists passed on recommendations to the government. Meanwhile, civil society asked to have more participation and challenge society “what can you do?”
Malay is the largest language in the ASEAN and the largest minority language of Thailand, but it doesn’t mean that every Thai journalist has to know much about the language. However, spreading wrong information to the mass because of the lack of knowledge about it is another matter.