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Dr. Thitinan Pongsudhirak

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Dr. Thitinan Pongsudhirak is Director of the Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) and Associate Professor of International Political Economy at the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University. He has authored a host of articles, books and book chapters on Thailand’s politics, political economy, foreign policy, and media as well as ASEAN and East Asian security and economic cooperation. He is frequently quoted and his op-eds have regularly appeared in international and local media, including a column in The Bangkok Post and The Straits Times. Dr Thitinan has worked for The BBC World Service, The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), and Independent Economic Analysis (IDEA) as well as consulting projects related to Thailand’s macro-economy and politics. He received his BA from the University of California at Santa Barbara, MA from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and PhD from the London School of Economics where his work on the political economy of the 1997 Thai economic crisis was awarded the United Kingdom’s Lord Bryce Prize for Best Dissertation in Comparative and International Politics.

Dr. Thitinan was a visiting professor at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in 2011 and a visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Humanities Centre and Centre on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law in 2010, a Salzburg Global Seminar faculty member in 2009, and Visiting Research Fellow at ISEAS in Singapore in 2005, having lectured at many local and overseas universities. He currently serves on the editorial boards of Contemporary Southeast Asia, South East Asia Research, Asian Politics & Policy, and Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, and is a visiting professor at Yangon University’s International Center of Excellence during March-April 2014.

Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS), founded in 1981, is a premier research centre in Southeast Asia dedicated to the study of East Asia’s interstate relations and regional security as well as international relations and comparative politics more broadly in an inter-disciplinary environment. Located in the Prajadhipok-Rambhaibarni building amidst the beautiful Chulalongkorn campus, you will find at ISIS a lively academic community engaged in cutting-edge projects. The institute has just launched an American Studies Program (ASP), with plans to set up a similar ASEAN Studies Program. ISIS is particularly interested in comparative studies of internal conflicts with reference to the insurgency in Thailand’s southernmost border provinces. The institute is a founding member of the regional think-tank consortium, ASEAN-ISIS, which groups together leading research institutes from ASEAN countries.