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First In-Person Survey on Democracy and Conflict in Southern Thailand to Launch December 16

December 8, 2010

Although a violent insurgency in Thailand’s three southern border provinces has claimed over 4,000 lives since 2004, very little is known about the views and experience of members of the majority Muslim and Pattani-Malay-speaking community who live in a complex conflict environment 700 miles south of Bangkok. Until now, their voices have been relatively unheard in the national peace process.

To learn more about the views of citizens in the Deep South, The Asia Foundation conducted a first-ever, in-person public opinion poll in the three southern border provinces. The results of this survey of 750 people, which was conducted between July 2 and Aug. 30, 2010, will be released on December 16, in Bangkok, Thailand.

In capturing the opinions of citizens of the three southern border provinces – Yala, Narathiwas, and Pattani – the Southern Survey provides a unique perspective on the unrest that has plagued the Deep South for 16 years. Building on an earlier nationwide survey that The Asia Foundation conducted in 2009, (which excluded the three southern border provinces), the 2010 Southern Survey features chapters on the southern mood, democratic values and institutions, political interest and efficacy, influences on voting choices, causes of the southern conflict, separatism and decentralization, and the role of the unique Pattani-Malay culture in defining southern values, identity, and expectations.

In addition to the full survey, Democracy & Conflict in Southern Thailand: A 2010 Survey of Yala, Narathiwas and Pattani, which will be available on The Asia Foundation’s website, next week In Asia will include on-the-ground analysis on survey findings from Foundation experts in Thailand.

Related locations: Thailand
Related programs: Conflict and Fragile Conditions


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