Speaker: Mr Don Pathan, Director of Foreign Relations, Patani Forum, Thailand; Discussant: Mr Bunn Nagara, Senior Fellow (Foreign Policy and Security Studies), ISIS Malaysia

Date: 12 November 2013
Venue: ISIS Conference Room, Kuala Lumpur


For over a century, the ethnic Malay separatist movements have locked horns with the Royal Thai Government in their struggle for self-determination over Thailand’s southernmost provinces. Over the past decades, this struggle has deteriorated into a bloody and costly armed conflict. The downturn experienced under the recent “Ramadhan Peace Initiative” between the Thai government and the National Revolutionary Front (BRN) could possibly derail the chance for peace to take root in southern Thailand for years to come. The negative development is a step in the wrong direction but is it a temporary or permanent setback? This forum discusses the Malaysian-facilitated peace dialogue between the BRN and the Thai government, with focus on whether the peace process is really floundering, and the possible challenges ahead.

Admission is free. Please confirm your participation via fax or email not later than 8 November 2013 to:
RSVP: Tel: 603 2693 9355 ext 179; 2693 2060; Fax: 603 2691 3210 Email: maria@isis.org.my; zaisis@isis.org.my

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