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Duncan McCargo

Duncan McCargo is Professor of Political Science at the University of Leeds. He is best known as a specialist on contemporary Thailand, where he regularly conducts extended fieldwork, most recently for the whole of 2012. McCargo divides his time between Britain and New York, where he is a Visiting Scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University, and from 2014-15 will take up a shared appointment with the Columbia political science department. His ten books include Politics and the Press in Thailand (Routledge 2000), Media and Politics in Pacific Asia (Routledge 2003), The Thaksinization of Thailand (co-authored NIAS 2005), Tearing Apart the Land: Islam and Legitimacy in Southern Thailand (Cornell 2008) (which won the inaugural 2009 Bernard Schwartz Book Prize from the Asia Society), and most recently Mapping National Anxieties: Thailand's Southern Conflict (NIAS 2012). His articles have appeared in numerous journals including International Affairs, Journal of Democracy and Government and Opposition. McCargo currently holds a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship to work on politics and justice in Thailand.

Articles by Duncan McCargo (1)

  • Southern Thailand: From conflict to negotiations, and back to conflict?

    The news on Tuesday that General Paradorn Pattanatabut has been replaced by Thawil Pliensri as secretary general of Thailand's National Security Council (NSC) sounded alarm bells for those concerned about a resolution to the violence in southern Thailand. Thawil has been lukewarm about the Malaysian-brokered peace talks over which his predecessor presided.