Paul Wesley Chambers

Paul Chambers

Dr Paul Chambers is a Lecturer at Naresuan University (Thailand) and was previously Visiting Fellow at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute. He specializes in civil-military relations and democratization in Southeast Asia and is the co-editor of Khaki Capital: The Political Economy of the Military in Southeast Asia (2017).  

Articles by Paul Chambers (6)

Of Partisan Reshuffles and Stalled Reforms: Thailand’s Police in 2021

Paul Chambers

The relationship between the palace and the police is deepening. Meanwhile, long awaited police reforms are in the balance.

Irregular and Inappropriate: Thailand’s Paramilitaries and Pro-Government Militias

Paul Chambers

The Thai state’s numerous off-budget militias and paramilitaries should be terminated.

Thailand’s Human Rights Investigations’ Imbroglio

Paul Chambers

Thailand’s National Human Rights Commission is weaker and more focused on investigating accusers than those accused of abuses.

Unending Turmoil? Thailand’s Deep South Insurgency in 2021

Paul Chambers

The barriers to political accommodation in Southern Thailand remain many and formidable

Thailand’s Elected Junta: The Pluralistic Poverty of Phalang Pracharat

Paul Chambers

Thailand’s Phalang Pracharat Party is a “junta party” established as a proxy for the 2014-2019 junta and the military, It is specifically designed to sustain the power of the generals Prawit Wongsuwan, Prayut Chan-ocha and Anupong Paochinda. In Thailand itself, the party has become so well-entrenched that it will be a difficult task removing it from office. The party has also become a model for other militaries in Southeast Asia intent on institutionalising their power.