Charting Thailand's maritime security policies from 1932 to 2012: a liberal international relations perspective

Chong, Mark David, and Maisrikrod, Surin (2017) Charting Thailand's maritime security policies from 1932 to 2012: a liberal international relations perspective. In: Tarling, Nicholas, and Chen, Xin, (eds.) Maritime Security in East and Southeast Asia: political challenges in Asian waters. Springer, Singapore, pp. 145-205.

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Abstract

Developing a deeper understanding of Thailand's maritime security policies necessitates an analytical exploration that will go beyond the conventional. While governmental budgetary, geopolitical and internal security factors will certainly feature heavily in this chapter, we would contend that the dynamics involved in this matter are likewise significantly influenced by other, somewhat latent factors—in particular, the strong domestic undercurrents involving the Thai Armed Forces—that may not be apparent at first glance. Thus, the ensuing analysis, through the use of a liberal international relations lens, will attempt to show that the ebb and flow of Thailand's maritime security policies are actually intimately linked to the role, challenges and ultimately, the destiny of the Royal Thai Navy. The latter's existential fight to remain relevant vis-à-vis the Royal Thai Army's dominance of Thai politics is ultimately played out in the maritime security policies of the nation.

Item ID: 43922
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-981-10-2588-4
Keywords: Royal Thai Navy, Royal Thai Army, internal rivalry, domestic politics, acquisition and procurement, blue-water capability
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Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2017 05:19
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1606 Political Science > 160604 Defence Studies @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1606 Political Science > 160607 International Relations @ 25%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1606 Political Science > 160606 Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific @ 25%
SEO Codes: 81 DEFENCE > 810108 Navy @ 40%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9403 International Relations > 940301 Defence and Security Policy @ 40%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9402 Government and Politics > 940203 Political Systems @ 20%
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