Mark S Cogan

Mark S. Cogan is Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan. He is a former communications specialist with the United Nations in Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Middle East.
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Thailand has serious policy problems on two fronts in Myanmar

Thailand’s military was accused of forcing back more than 2,000 Karen people who had fled Tatmadaw air strikes in Myanmar this week. Thousands of...

Opinion: In the Milk Tea Alliance, is there no room for solidarity with Thailand’s Southern Provinces?

The Milk Tea Alliance has drawn considerable international media attention, first in solidarity with the citizens of Hong Kong as they peacefully confronted the political,...

Opinion: After violence consumes a peaceful movement, serious questions must now be addressed

February 28 represented a notable turn of events for pro-democracy protesters. Thousands of demonstrators gathered at Victory Monument for a rally organized by the...

To succeed, the pro-democracy movement must include Labour unions and marginalized groups

Gene Sharp, American scholar and expert in non-violent civil disobedience, famously theorized that the power of rulers is derived from the consent of subjects....

Understanding the three-finger salute from Thailand to Myanmar

In the dystopian Hunger Games novels by Suzanne Collins and in an adapted series of films, the three-finger salute is a gesture of thanks, respect, gratitude,...

Suu Kyi is not blameless in Monday’s military takeover of Myanmar

Twenty-four hours ago Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy (NLD) were ousted from power by the military...

Opinion: Thai police have, in the past decade, evolved to be zealous enforcers of Thai conservatism

In the middle of the night, the Royal Thai Police came for Sirichai “New” Nathuang, a student at Thammasat University’s Rangsit Campus. Accused of...

Opinion: What happened in America today is unprecedented

In the U.S. Senate Chamber on January 6, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas led a futile Republican effort to challenge the 2020 election results...

Opinion: Three New Year’s resolutions for Thailand’s pro-democracy demonstrators

Thailand’s top political story of 2020 is far from over. Rising out of frustration and anger over the military-backed government’s heavy-handed response to COVID-19,...

Opinion: Recent lèse majesté charges are now beyond the point of absurdity

Recently, a 16-year-old male teenager was accused of committing lèse majesté. The teenager was summoned by the Yannawa Police Station in Bangkok after the...

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