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New book “Khaki Capital” edited by Paul Chambers & Napisa Waitoolkiat

CACS’s research team of Paul Chambers and Napisa Waitoolkiat have come together to edit this volume of seven studies of ‘khaki capital’—military domination of budgets, economy, and political power—throughout Southeast Asia: in Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines and Indonesia. Each chapter analyses the evolution of khaki capital in the case country; the role of internal and external factors (e.g. military unity and globalization) and civil-military relations. This work is important for understanding how military influence over parts of the economy in Southeast Asia has remained an impediment to civilian control and democratization. Ultimately, this book tells the story of how militaries in Southeast Asia have benefited economically and the extent to which such gains have translated into the leveraging of political power. The book, published by the University of Copenhagen’s NIAS press will be available very soon!