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The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of MichiganThe Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan

John Ciorciari quoted in Time about uptick in violence in Thai-Cambodian border dispute

Monday, April 25, 2011

John Ciorciari was quoted in a Time article called "Deadly Clashes as Thai-Cambodian Temple Tensions Reignite." The article discusses a new series of violent clashes that have erupted around the Preah Vihear Hindu temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Thailand and Cambodia both lay claim to the land, and each claims the other initiated this latest round of fighting as a political maneuver. Thai political divisions between the military and the ruling party are only complicating matters. "In any country where the army seeks a prominent role in politics, it needs a security dispute to command attention and influence," Ciorciari explained to Time.