Thailand: Shifting Ground Between the US and a Rising China

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Price
$34.44
Publisher
Zed Books
Publish Date
Pages
384
Dimensions
6.0 X 9.1 X 1.2 inches | 1.3 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781783608690

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About the Author

Benjamin Zawacki was a visiting fellow in the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School in 2014-15, and a term member on the Council on Foreign Relations through 2016. He was Amnesty International's Southeast Asia researcher for five years, and served as a policy advisor to President Jimmy Carter and two other "Elders" in Myanmar. A regular contributor to the media in Southeast Asia, he has lived in Thailand for 15 years.
Benjamin Zawacki is a visiting fellow in the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School, and was Amnesty International's senior Southeast Asia researcher for five years. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a regular contributor to the media on politics and human rights in Southeast Asia.
Benjamin Zawacki was a visiting fellow in the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School in 2014-15, and a term member on the Council on Foreign Relations through 2016. He was Amnesty International's Southeast Asia researcher for five years, and served as a policy advisor to President Jimmy Carter and two other "Elders" in Myanmar. A regular contributor to the media in Southeast Asia, he has lived in Thailand for 15 years.
Benjamin Zawacki is a visiting fellow in the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School, and was Amnesty International's senior Southeast Asia researcher for five years. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a regular contributor to the media on politics and human rights in Southeast Asia.

Reviews

"A must-read for those concerned by Chinese ascendency in Southeast Asia and its implications for human rights in the coming decades."--Tyler Giannini, Human Rights Program Director, Harvard Law School
"An important book at a pivotal moment. Zawacki brings clear eyes and rigorous research to one of America's most complicated and historically important Asian relationships."--Shawn W. Crispin, Southeast Asia Editor, Asia Times
"Presents a clear-eyed and well-informed analysis of a critical moment, in which ideals of democracy and human rights, never deeply rooted, are giving way as Thailand increasingly sees its future tied to a rising China."--Seth Mydans, Southeast Asia correspondent for The New York Times
"Presents a powerful counter-argument to the conventional wisdom that China's economic rise alone explains Thailand's pivot from the US to China. In thoroughly researched detail, the book traces a sorry trail of US condescension and clumsy diplomacy."--Daniel Fineman, author of A Special Relationship: The United States and Military Government in Thailand
"Now comes the rare American deeply informed of a 'faraway country' of whose people 'we know nothing, ' in a profoundly disturbing study of how the world-changing US-China dynamic unfolds in Thailand. Read and weep."--Jeffrey Race, author of War Comes to Long An: Revolutionary Conflict in a Vietnamese Province
"Offers an excellent account of Thailand's foreign policy shift from the United States to China and augments current debates on Southeast Asia's strategic positioning between Washington and Beijing. . . . Together with an impressive list of interviews, the author skillfully crafts the book with colorful stories."--Contemporary Southeast Asia
"The US has failed to reliably present democracy and human rights as alternatives to the China Model. It has allowed its 'interests' to override its 'values, ' and hence is vulnerable to accusations of hypocrisy. Zawacki argues that the US must correct for these two failures and make the kind of commitment to Asia that Obama promised but never delivered. "For the sake of America's geopolitical interests--all of them--there is no choice."--New York Review of Books
"Zawacki's frank interviews with scores of former and current officials offer insight into the reasons why Thai elites have shifted from a pro-US alignment to a tilt towards China."--Foreign Affairs
"Zawacki skillfully tells the story of America's oldest Asian ally, exploring how equivocation in Washington and dysfunction in Bangkok is allowing a resurgent China to extend its talons into a disturbingly authoritarian Thailand."--Charlie Campbell, Beijing correspondent for TIME
"Zawacki's carefully documented and balanced analysis lifts the curtain on a gradual, often invisible, but seemingly inexorable geopolitical shift. It provides a thorough explanation of the circumstances that have led Thailand, once seen as an unequivocally staunch US ally, to lean increasingly toward a pragmatic and strategically assertive China."--Michael Herzfeld, Harvard University