Mark S. Cogan

Mark S. Cogan is an 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.

Thailand’s Ruling Elite Get Their Man in Thanathorn

Thailand’s Constitutional Court, in a 7-2 decision has stripped Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, the leader of the Future Forward Party (FFP) of his MP seat because...

Three Takeaways From Sam Rainsy’s Attempt to Return to Cambodia

Cambodia’s Sam Rainsy, the self-exiled opposition leader landed in Kuala Lumpur over the weekend, vowing to return home to lead an uprising against his...

Sanctions Might Not Bring the Political Change the West Wants in Cambodia

Cambodia’s economic growth remains under threat, as the European Union (EU) begins the process of removing the country from the Everything-But-Arms (EBA) scheme, and...

With Junta Leader Victorious as PM, Thailand’s “Democracy” Is Just a Facade

Thailand's Parliament recently selected its next Prime Minister, but there was never any real doubt about who would emerge the winner: 2014 coup leader...

Thailand’s Military Junta Comes Gunning for Rising Political Star

While the results of Thailand’s March 24 elections are somewhat undetermined, the advent of a new progressive pro-democracy voice has ruffled the feathers of...

Hun Sen Fears Civil Society Revolt in Cambodia

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen repeatedly lashed out at opponents last week in an attempt to respond to critics or potential rivals that could...

Three Catalysts for Thai Civil Society

In December, Thailand’s military junta lifted the ban on political activities in the country-- including as gatherings of over five people--ending some of the...

Four Critical Questions About Thailand’s Upcoming Election

In recent weeks, Thailand’s ruling military junta has taken a number of steps to host the country’s first election since 2014, with the Election...

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