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Thailand's 'Professional Soldiers' and Coup-making: The Coup of 2006

James Ockey
Crossroads: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Southeast Asian Studies
Vol. 19, No. 1 (2007), pp. 95-127
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40860870
Page Count: 33
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Abstract

I argue that the tensions within the miliatary were one of the most important motivating factors of the 2006 coup on Thailand. Beginning in the 1970s, many different groups of soldiers began efforts to professionalize the military. These officers, whom I have dubbed the "Professional Soldiers," sought to depoliticize the military by focusing military attention on developing the expertise of the officer corps, rather than on politics. Over time, however, the "Professional Soldiers" developed into a powerful faction, so that their efforts instead undermines the corporatemess, and thus the professionalism, of the military. While tensions in the military were also heightened by struggles over promotion and by politicization, I argue that it was the increasing factionalism and declining professionalism of the military that led to the coup by the "Professional Soldiers."

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