Thitinan Pongsudhirak

ฐิตินันท์ พงษ์สุทธิรักษ์
Years of Stay at HYI: 
Sep 1994 to Dec 1998

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 spring 2011 and a visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Humanities Centre and Centre on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law in spring 2010, a Salzburg Global Seminar faculty member in June 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 was a visiting professor at Yangon University’s International Center of Excellence from March-April 2014.

Recent Publications: 

 “The Mekong Region: A River Runs Through It”, Foreign Affairs, January/February 2014

“Thailand’s Uneasy Passage” in Larry Diamond, Marc F. Plattner and Yun-han Chu (eds), Democracy in East Asia: A New Century, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013

“Thailand’s Foreign Policy in A Regional Great Game” in Nicholar Kitchen (ed.), The New Geopolitics of Southeast Asia, London: LSE IDEAS, 2012

“Thailand’s Uneasy Passage”, Journal of Democracy, April-June 2012

“Thailand’s Security Outlook: External Trends and Internal Crises” in Asia Pacific Countries’ Security Outlook and Its Implications for the Defence Sector, Tokyo: National Institute of Defence Studies, 2011

“Thailand” in Ann Capling and Patrick Low (eds), Governments, Non-State Actors and Trade Policy-Making, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2010

“Thailand’s Unstoppable Red Shirts” in East Asian Forum Quarterly, April-June 2010

“Between Continuity and Change: Thailand’s Topsy-Turvy Foreign Policy Directions” in Global Asia, October-December 2009

“The Search for A New Consensus” in Journal of International Security Affairs, Fall 2009

“The Tragedy of the 1997 Constitution” in John Funston (ed.) Divided Over Thaksin: Thailand’s Coup and Problematic Transition, Singapore: ISEAS, 2009

“After the Red Uprising,” Far East Economic Review, May 2009

“Why Thais Are Angry,” The New York Times, 18 April 2009

“Thailand Since the Coup,”  Journal of Democracy, October-December 2008

“Thaksin: Competitive Authoritarian and Flawed Dissident” in John Kane, Haig Patapan and Benjamin Wong (eds), Dissident Democrats: The Challenge of Democratic Leadership in Asia, New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008

“The Malay-Muslim Insurgency in Southern Thailand” in Andrew T.H. Tan (ed.), Handbook on Terrorism and Insurgency in Southeast Asia, Singapore: Edward Elgar, 2007.