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Mark S. Cogan

Mark S. Cogan

Mark S. Cogan is an Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan.

Mark S. Cogan is an Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan. His research interests include Southeast Asia and the broader Indo-Pacific region, as well as security studies, peacebuilding, counter-terrorism, and human rights. He is a former communications specialist with the United Nations, serving in Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Middle East.

Posts by Mark S. Cogan
April 03, 2024

Thailand’s Bid for a Seat on the UN Human Rights Council is Poorly Timed

By Mark S. Cogan
The diplomatic push has not been matched by sufficient improvements in the country's own human rights record.

March 22, 2024

Thailand’s PM Misses the Forest for the Trees on the Country’s Pollution Problem

By Mark S. Cogan
Srettha Thavisin has pledged to tackle Thailand's horrific air pollution problem, but he needs to address the root of the problem.
February 19, 2024

The Self-Defeating Nature of Thailand’s ‘Soft Power’ Push

By Mark S. Cogan
A genuine flowering of popular culture would inevitably showcase the repressive nature of the Thai state.

January 31, 2024

Will Thailand Deport a Group of Dissident Musicians to Russia?

By Mark S. Cogan
Unfortunately for the members of the rock group Bi-2, Thailand has a history of accommodating the requests of authoritarian governments.

January 03, 2024

‘Himalayan Declaration’ Lays Bare Deep Divide Among Sri Lankan Tamil Groups

By Mark S. Cogan
Diaspora groups have slammed the Global Tamil Forum for not including them in a recent dialogue with a Buddhist delegation.

November 09, 2023

ISOC Once Again Puts Thailand’s Government Between the People and the Military

By Mark S. Cogan
Thai progressives have long called for the abolition of the military's notorious Internal Security Operations Command. But don't expect it to happen under the current government.
October 25, 2023

A Bad Idea Revisited: Thailand Pitches Prayut’s ‘Land Bridge’ to Beijing

By Mark S. Cogan
The costly infrastructure project would damage the environment and create an unhealthy economic dependence on China.

October 13, 2023

No Media Lessons Learned From Thailand’s Siam Paragon Tragedy

By Mark S. Cogan
The Thai and international media have treated the country's latest episode of gun violence as a spectacle.

September 11, 2023

Srettha’s First Foreign Policy Mistake: Passing on the ASEAN Summit

By Mark S. Cogan
Thailand's new prime minister prioritized domestic political duties over attending to the troubled regional organization.

August 30, 2023

Who Wants to Talk? Communication Difficulties Constrain Japan-China Relations

By Mark S. Cogan
In the face of increasing Chinese and Russian airspace incursions, Tokyo needs to find a way to communicate its concern both assertively and effectively.

August 14, 2023

Growing Japan-Italy Ties Emphasize Tokyo’s Pressing Need for Assistance

By Mark S. Cogan
The European nation forms an increasingly important part of Japan's goal of consolidating its security cooperation with like-minded Western nations.
July 31, 2023

India’s Foreign Policy Progress in Sri Lanka is a Strategic Setback for China

By Mark S. Cogan
Since an economic crisis hit the country last year, New Delhi has reminded Colombo who its real friends are.

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