The need for intelligence reform in Thailand's counterinsurgency
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In Thailand, post January 2004, the Islamic insurgency in the south has surged constantly. During this time, the insurgency has not refrained from attacking and intimidating innocent people; government officials are also targeted especially the military, the police, and the local community leaders. The Thai government has developed its policies and ad hoc organization to confront this problem, and improved related laws in hopes of improving the situation, but so far, little the government has done has been successful. This thesis examines the Thai government's counter-insurgency (COIN) strategy post-2004 to cope with the Muslim insurgency in that country, and focuses on the ad-hoc organization of Thai officials charged with executing the COIN strategy, with emphasis placed on the intelligence system, in particular, in order to recommend the appropriate ways to reform the intelligence system. The purpose of this case study is first to suggest improvements to the Thai Intelligence Community that will enable it to become more effective in fighting the insurgency. The second goal of this thesis is to suggest modifications to the Thai government's strategy and its organization that could enable the government to pursue more effective counter-insurgency activities.
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