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Chaiwat Satha-Anand

Born in Bangkok 1955, Thai, holds a PhD in political science from University of Hawaii at Manoa, professor of political science at Thammasat University, Bangkok and director of the Thai Peace Information Centre which conducts studies and activism in relation to the Thai military and social issues. Satha-Anand is an expert on non-violence, theory as well as activism, and on Islam. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on the military, alternative defence, religion and peace, Islam and nonviolence, and modern political philosophy. For several years he directed the International Peace Research Association's (IPRA) commission on non-violence and he serves at the Scientific Committee of the International University for Peoples' Initiative for Peace, IUPIP, in Rovereto Italy.

He became an adviser to the foundation in 1991.


Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University, Prachan Road, Bangkok 10200, Thailand


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Articles by Chaiwat Satha-Anand

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Chaiwat Satha-Anand, September 14, 2010
Understanding the threats of Quran burning

Chaiwat Satha-Anand, May 31, 2010
The violence effect and reconciliation future

Chaiwat Satha-Anand, April 14, 2010
Courting nonviolent confrontation in a Thai house divided - What can be done?
Background written before the April clashes

Chaiwat Satha-Anand, July 2, 2009
The power of words: Understanding Obama's speech in Cairo
An originally conceived analysis of what Obama does with words...

Chaiwat Satha-Anand, December 4, 2008
The crisis in Thailand
Conflict, nonviolence, prognosis and solutions

Chaiwat Satha-Anand, August 4, 2008
Ants, birds, infants and humans: Notes on Islam and non-killing politics
Nonkilling politics, legitimized by Islamic teachings, could be seen as the alternative remaking of politics for Muslims in the fast changing public sphere.

Chaiwat Satha-Anand, March 4, 2008
October 6, 1976 and the case of collective amnesia?

Chaiwat Satha-Anand, October 4, 2006
The moral enigma of the September 19 popular coup in Thailand
This keen observer offers an explanation why so many, both common people and noted public intellectuals, are supporting this coup. There is a moral enigma in that the coup could be accepted while the coup as a means of political change itself is rejected. And in the midst of it all: a quiet sign of hope for Thai society.

PressInfo 226, September 10, 2005
Remembering the Nonviolent September 11
While we remember September 11 and, hopefully, October 7, 2001 - there is another September 11 to be commemorated: that of 1906. On that day in South Africa, the Indian nonviolent movement was born. Gandhi later called his Indian movement: "Satyagraha" or " the Force which is born of Truth and Love or non-violence." This movement went on to free 300 million people from the power of the British Empire and gave the twentieth century a most remarkable demonstration of the power of nonviolent struggle.

Chaiwat Satha-Anand, TFF Associate, July 17, 2005
Southern Thailand: Beheading Citizens, Killing Teachers as the Trap of Violence
This piece reflects on the character of the ongoing violence in Southern Thailand - commanding much less media attention in the West than it ought to - and how, from both a Muslim and Buddhist viewpoint, it is unacceptable. It's a typical example of the trap all people who use violence against violence fall into and thereby make everything worse.

Non-violence and the State

Beyond Violence and Hatred in Southern Thailand

Reflections on what happened in Southern Thailand

Facing the Demon Within

Interview with Chaiwat Satha-Anand
War on Ignorance

By What Authority? The American Empire and the Future of Peace

Fighting armed conflict with conflict transformation

9/11, 9/20 and Gandhi's Puzzle: Fighting Postmodern Terror/Modern Warfare with Peaceful Alternatives

Understanding terror and making the right choice

International terrorism and the logic of terror










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