Dr Paul Chambers

Dr Paul Chambers

Associate Fellow
Research Department:
Glocal Junctions

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CV

Since 2012 Associate Fellow at PRIF
April–June 2012 Visiting Research Fellow, German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Hamburg, Germany
August 2011 Visiting Scholar, International Studies Department, College of Liberal Arts, de la Salle University, Manila, the Philippines
2009–2010 Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS), Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
2008–2011 Senior Research Fellow, Civil-Military Relations in Asia Project (Area of Focus: Thailand, Philippines), Institut für Politische Wissenschaft (Institute of Political Science), Heidelberg University, Germany
2006–2012 Academic Coordinator, Thai and Southeast Asian Studies Program, Payap University, Chiang Mai, Thailand
2005–2006 Lecturer in Political Science, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand
2003–2005 Visiting Assistant Professor in Political Science, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma, USA
2003 Ph.D. in Political Science, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, Fields: Comparative Politics, International Relations Concentration: Southeast and East Asian Studies, Dissertation Title: "Factions, Parties, Coalition Change, and Cabinet Durability in Thailand: 1979–2001", Fieldwork in Thailand 2001–2002 (awarded Fulbright Research Fellowship)
1993–1995 Volunteer, United States Peace Corps Thailand
1992–1993 Journalist, Costa Rica, newspaper MESOAMERICA
1992 Master of Arts in Political Science, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
1991 Master of Arts in International Affairs, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

Expertise

Dr Paul Chambers is working on the following issues:

  • Civil-Military Relations/Security Sector Reform in Southeast Asia
  • Democracy and Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia
  • Peace Studies and International Relations in Asia
  • Comparative Politics across east, Southeast, and South Asia

Publications

Thailand Country Report | 2018

Chambers, Paul (2018): Thailand Country Report, Gütersloh: Bertelsmann Stiftung, https://www.bti-project.org/en/reports/(...).

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Democratization Interrupted | 2018

Chambers, Paul (2018): Democratization Interrupted. Parallel State and the Demise of Democracy in Thailand, in: Croissant, Aurel ; Hellmann, Olli (ed.), Stateness and the Quality of Democracy in East and Southeast Asia (forthcoming).

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The Political Economy of the Security Sector: Theoretical Considerations | 2017

Chambers, Paul/Waitoolkiat, Napisa (2017): The Political Economy of the Security Sector: Theoretical Considerations, in: Chambers, Paul/Waitoolkiat, Napisa (eds), Khaki Capital. The Political Economy of the Security Sector in Countries of Southeast Asia, Copenhagen: Nordic Institute for Asian Studies (NIAS) Press, www.niaspress.dk/books/khaki-capital.

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The Security Sector in Thailand, Cambodia and Laos | 2017

Chambers, Paul/Waitoolkiat, Napisa (2017): The Security Sector in Thailand, Cambodia and Laos, in: Chambers, Paul/Waitoolkiat, Napisa (eds), Khaki Capital. The Political Economy of the Military in Southeast Asia, Copenhagen: Nordic Institute for Asian Studies (NIAS) Press, www.niaspress.dk/books/khaki-capital.

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Thailand Country Report 2017 | 2017

Chambers, Paul (2017): Thailand Country Report 2017, www.bertelsmann-transformation-index.de..

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Thailand Country Report 2016 (Bertelsmann Transformation Index) | 2017

Chambers, Paul (2017): Thailand Country Report 2016 (Bertelsmann Transformation Index), Bertelsmann Transformation Index.

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Returning Soldiers to the Barracks: Military Reform as the Crucial First Step in Democratising Thailand | 2017

Sripokangkul, Siwach/Chambers, Paul (2017): Returning Soldiers to the Barracks: Military Reform as the Crucial First Step in Democratising Thailand, in: Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 25:1, 1-20, www.pertanika.upm.edu.my/(...).

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Khaki Capital | 2017

Chambers, Paul/Waitoolkiat, Napisa (eds), (2017): Khaki Capital. The Political Economy of the Military in Southeast Asia, Copenhagen: Nordic Institute for Asian Studies (NIAS) Press, www.niaspress.dk/books/khaki-capital.

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Book Review: Yos Santasombat, ed., Impact of China’s Rise on the Mekong Region | 2016

Chambers, Paul (2016): Book Review: Yos Santasombat, ed., Impact of China’s Rise on the Mekong Region, in: African and Asian Studies, 15:2, 337–341, DOI: 10.1163/15692108-12341364.

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Book Review: Shane Strate, The Lost Territories: Thailand’s History of National Humiliation | 2016

Chambers, Paul (2016): Book Review: Shane Strate, The Lost Territories: Thailand’s History of National Humiliation, in: Asian Affairs: An American Review, 48:1, 176-179, DOI: 10.1080/03068374.2017.1271606.

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Book Review: Astrid Noren-Nilsson, Cambodia's Second Kingdom: Nation, Imagination and Democracy | 2016

Chambers, Paul (2016): Book Review: Astrid Noren-Nilsson, Cambodia's Second Kingdom: Nation, Imagination and Democracy, in: Asian Affairs: An American Review, 43:4, 128-130, DOI: 10.1080/00927678.2016.1235949.

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Book Review: John A. Marston, Ethnicity, Borders and the Grassroots Interface with the State: Studies on Southeast Asia in Honor of Charles F. Keyes | 2016

Chambers, Paul (2016): Book Review: John A. Marston, Ethnicity, Borders and the Grassroots Interface with the State: Studies on Southeast Asia in Honor of Charles F. Keyes, in: African and Asian Studies, 15:1, 115-119, DOI: 10.1163/15692108-12341352.

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Guardian of the Kingdom | 2016

Chambers, Paul (2016): Guardian of the Kingdom, New Mandala. New Perspectives on Southeast Asia, 18.10.2016.

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The Resilience of Monarchized Military in Thailand | 2016

Chambers, Paul/Waitoolkiat, Napisa (2016): The Resilience of Monarchized Military in Thailand, in: Journal of Contemporary Asia, 46:3, www.journalofcontemporaryasia.wordpress.com/(..).

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Militarization and Securitization in Thailand’s Deep South | 2016

Chambers, Paul/Waitoolkiat, Napisa (2016): Militarization and Securitization in Thailand’s Deep South, in: Deep South Watch (Prince of Songkhla University)/Peace Resource Centre (Berghof Foundation) (eds), The State of Conflict and Peace in the Deep South of Thailand, www.insightonconflict.org/(..).

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Constitutional Change and Security Forces. Lessons from Thailand, Myanmar and the Philippines | 2016

Chambers, Paul (2016): Constitutional Change and Security Forces. Lessons from Thailand, Myanmar and the Philippines, in: Bünte, Marco/Dressel, Björn (eds), Politics and Constitutions in Southeast Asia, London: Routledge.

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Book Review: Terence Lee, Defect or Defend: Military Responses to Popular Protests in Authoritarian Asia | 2016

Chambers, Paul (2016): Book Review: Terence Lee, Defect or Defend: Military Responses to Popular Protests in Authoritarian Asia, in: Asian Affairs: An American Review, 43:3, 98-100, DOI: 10.1080/00927678.2016.1185297.

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Book Review: Andrew MacGregor Marshall, A Kingdom in Crisis: Thailand's Struggle for Democracy in the Twenty-First Century | 2016

Chambers, Paul (2016): Book Review: Andrew MacGregor Marshall, A Kingdom in Crisis: Thailand's Struggle for Democracy in the Twenty-First Century, in: Asian Affairs: An American Review, 43:3, 107-108, DOI: 10.1080/00927678.2016.1204845.

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Book Review: Federico Ferrara. The Political Development of Modern Thailand | 2016

Chambers, Paul (2016): Book Review: Federico Ferrara. The Political Development of Modern Thailand, in: Asian Affairs: An American Review, 47:2, 327-329, DOI: 10.1080/03068374.2016.1171626.

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Locating the Local | 2016

Paul Chambers, Napisa Waitoolkiat, Srisompob Jitpiromsri, Locating the Local. Untangling Ownership over Security Sector Processes of Peace-Building in Southern Thailand, in: (Hrsg.): World Anthropologies in Practice. Situated Perspectives, Global Knowledge, Bd. 1, London, New Delhi, New York, Sydney: Bloomsbury, 2016. Online: http://www.bloomsbury.com/us/world-anthropologies-in-practice-9781474252638/.

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Constitutional Change and Security Forces | 2016

Paul Chambers, Constitutional Change and Security Forces. Lessons from Thailand, Myanmar and the Philippines, in: Marco Bünte/Björn Dressel (Hrsg.): Politics and Constitutions in Southeast Asia, London: Routledge, 2016. Online: http://www.taylorandfrancis.com/books/details/9781138847545/.

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Civil-Military Relations in Thailand since the 2014 Coup | 2015

Chambers, Paul (2015): Civil-Military Relations in Thailand since the 2014 Coup. The Tragedy of Security Sector "Deform", PRIF Report No. 138, Frankfurt/M.

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Political party Finance in Thailand Today | 2015

Paul Chambers, Napisa Waitoolkiat, Political party Finance in Thailand Today. Evolution, Reform, and Control, in: Critical Asian Studies, 47(4), Dezember 2015. Online: http://criticalasianstudies.org/. DOI: 10.1080/14672715.2015.1091211.

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Neo-Sultanistic Tendencies | 2015

Paul Chambers, Neo-Sultanistic Tendencies. The Trajectory of Civil-Military Relations in Cambodia, in: Asian Security, 11(3), Dezember 2015. Online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14799855.2015.1108965. DOI: 10.1080/14799855.2015.1108965

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Thailand's Divided Military | 2014

Paul Chambers, Thailand's Divided Military, in: The Wall Street Journal, 2014. Online: www.wsj.com/articles/thailands-divided-military-1404148174

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Superficial Consolidation | 2014

Paul Chambers, Superficial Consolidation: Security Sector Governance and the Executive Branch in the Philippines Today, in: Felix Heidux (Hg.), Security Sector Reform in Southeast Asia: From Policy to Practice, London/New York (Palgrave/MacMillan), 2014.

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Constitutional Change and Security Forces in Southeast Asia | 2014

Paul Chambers, Constitutional Change and Security Forces in Southeast Asia. Lessons from Thailand and Myanmar, in: Contemporary Southeast Asia, Jg. 36, Nr. 1, 2014.

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Unruly Boots | 2013

Paul Chambers, Unruly Boots: Military Power and Security Sector Reform Efforts in Thailand, PRIF Report No. 121, Frankfurt/M., 2013.

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Military 'Shadows' in Thailand since the 2006 Coup | 2013

Paul Chambers, Military 'Shadows' in Thailand since the 2006 Coup, in: Asian Affairs: An American Review Jg. 40, Nr. 2, 2013, S. 56-82.

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Knights of the Realm | 2013

Chambers, Paul (Hrsg.): Knights of the Realm. Thailand's Military and Police, Then and Now, Bangkok: White Lotus, 2013, 738 S.. Online: http://www.whitelotusbooks.com/bookdetail.php?id=E22678

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Economic Guidance and Contestation | 2013

Paul Chambers, Economic Guidance and Contestation: An Analysis of Thailand's Evolving Trajectory of Development, in: Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs Jg. 32, Nr. 1, 2013.

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Democratization and Civilian Control in Asia | 2013

Aurel Croissant/David Kuehn/Philip Lorenz/Paul Chambers, Democratization and Civilian Control in Asia, Palgrave, 2013.

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Trouble in Thailand | 2012

Paul Chambers, Trouble in Thailand: Failed Civilian Control amidst Fruitless Demilitarisation, in: Rajesh Basru/Kartik Bommakanti (Hg.), Demilitarising the State: the South and Southeast Asian Experience, Singapore (S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University), 2012, S. 56-81

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A Precarious Path | 2012

Paul Chambers, A Precarious Path: The Evolution of Civil-Military Relations in the Philippines, in: Asian Security Jg. 8, Nr. 2, 2012, S. 138-163.

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Where Agency Meets Structure | 2011

Paul Chambers, Where Agency Meets Structure: Understanding Civil-Military Relations in Contemporary Thailand, in: Asian Journal of Political Science Jg. 19, Nr. 3, 2011, S. 290-304

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Theorizing Civilian Control in New Democracies | 2011

Aurel Croissant/David Kuehn/Paul Chambers/Philip Voelkel/Siegfried O. Wolf, Theorizing Civilian Control in New Democracies: Agency, Structure and Institutional Change, in: Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft Jg. 5, Nr. 1, 2011, S. 75-98.

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Thailand Country Report | 2011

Paul Chambers, Thailand Country Report, in: Bertelsmann Transformation Index 2012, 2011.

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Democracy, the Military and Security Sector Governance in Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand | 2011

Aurel Croissant/Paul Chambers/Philip Voelkel, Democracy, the Military and Security Sector Governance in Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand: Findings and Prospects, in: Marco Buente/Aurel Croissant (Hg.), The Crisis of Democratic Governance in Southeast Asia, London (Palgrave), 2011, S. 190-208.

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Conceptualizing Civil-Military Relations in Emerging Democracies | 2011

Paul Chambers/Aurel Croissant/David Kuehn/Siegfried O. Wolf, Conceptualizing Civil-Military Relations in Emerging Democracies, in: European Political Science (Palgrave-Macmillan), 2011.

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A Contested Site of Memory | 2011

Paul Chambers/Aurel Croissant, A Contested Site of Memory: the Preah Vihear Temple through the Opposing Narratives of Cambodia and Thailand, in: Helmut K. Anheier/Yudhishthir Raj Isar (Hg.), Cultures and Globalization Series 4: Heritage, Memory, Identity, London (Sage), 2011.

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'Cashing in' Across the Golden Triangle | 2011

Paul Chambers/Thein Swe, 'Cashing in' Across the Golden Triangle: Thailand's Northern Border Trade with China, Myanmar, and Lao PDR, Chiang Mai (Silkworm), 2011.

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Resurgent Military, Eroded Democracy | 2010

Paul Chambers, Thailand on the Brink: Resurgent Military, Eroded Democracy, in: Asian Survey Jg. 50, Nr. 5, 2010.

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Monopolizing, Mutualizing, or Muddling Through | 2010

Paul Chambers/Aurel Croissant, Monopolizing, Mutualizing, or Muddling Through: Factions and Party Management in Contemporary Thailand, in: Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs Jg. 29, Nr. 3, 2010, S. 3-33.

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Intra-Party Democracy in Thailand | 2010

Paul Chambers/Aurel Croissant, Intra-Party Democracy in Thailand, in: Asian Journal of Political Science Jg. 18, Nr. 2, 2010, S. 195-223.

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In the Shadow of the Soldier's Boot | 2010

Paul Chambers, In the Shadow of the Soldier's Boot: Assessing Civil-Military Relations in Thailand, in: Marc Askew (Hg.), Legitimacy Crisis in Thailand, Chiang Mai, Thailand (Silkworm Books and King Prajadhipok's Institute), 2010, S. 197-234.

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Demokratie und zivile Kontrolle über das Militär in Thailand und Indonesien | 2010

Paul Chambers/Philip Voelkel, Demokratie und zivile Kontrolle über das Militär in Thailand und Indonesien, in: Asien [The German Journal on Contemporary Asia] Jg. 116, 2010, S. 63-79.

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Democracy under Stress | 2010

Paul Chambers/Aurel Croissant (Hg.), Democracy under Stress. Civil-Military Relations in South and Southeast Asia, Bangkok (ISIS - Friedrich Ebert Stiftung), 2010.

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Beyond the Fallacy of Coup-ism | 2010

Paul Chambers/Aurel Croissant/David Kuehn/Siegfried O.Wolf, Beyond the Fallacy of Coup-ism: Conceptualizing Civilian Control of the Military in Emerging Democracies, in: Democratization Jg. 17, Nr. 5, 2010, S. 950-975.

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Edgy Amity along the Mekong | 2009

Paul Chambers, Edgy Amity along the Mekong: Thai-Lao Relations in a Transforming Regional Equilibrium, in: Asian Journal of Political Science Jg. 17, Nr. 1, 2009, S. 89-118.

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Parties, Factions, and the Durability of Cabinets, Coalitions, and Parliaments in Thailand: 1979-2001 | 2008

Paul Chambers, Parties, Factions, and the Durability of Cabinets, Coalitions, and Parliaments in Thailand: 1979-2001, in: Party Politics (through Sage Publishers) Jg. 14, Nr. 3, 2008.

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Has Everything Changed in Thai Politics Under Thaksin? | 2006

Paul Chambers, Has Everything Changed in Thai Politics Under Thaksin? Political Factions Before through 2004, in: Crossroads: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Southeast Asian Studies Jg. 17, Nr. 2, 2006.

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Evolving Toward What? | 2005

Paul Chambers, Evolving Toward What? Parties, Factions, and Coalition Behavior in Thailand Today, in: Journal of East Asian Studies Jg. 5, Nr. 3, 2005

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Other professional activities

Concurrently
(2013 - present)

 Director of Research and Lecturer, Institute of Southeast Asian Affairs (ISEAA), Faculty of Political Science, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Research Fellow, German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Hamburg, Germany

Co-Executive Committee Member, Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA)