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Defeating an Insurgency—The Thai Effort against the Communist Party of Thailand, 1965–ca. 1982

Defeating an Insurgency—The Thai Effort against the Communist Party of Thailand, 1965–ca. 1982

By Bob Bergin

This article analyzes the factors that led to the rise and fall of a communist insurgency in Thailand that took place 40 years ago. It is relevant to contemporary readers and intelligence professionals because, while terrorist acts dominate today’s news, many current and recent terrorist groups were spawned in broader insurgencies: the Taliban in Afghanistan; FARC in Colombia; Lord’s Resistance Army in Congo and the Central African Republic; Kosovo; Chechnya; Palestine; Syria; Yemen; Somalia; Nicaragua; El Salvador; and South Sudan, to name a few. Historical antecedents provide insights and a framework that can lead to better analysis and more effective counterinsurgency policy responses.

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Posted: Jul 25, 2016 01:31 PM
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