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TDW is an interactive research program, initiated in 2007 by the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, and granted by Chulalongkorn University’s academic development fund throughout the next five years, 2008-2012. The Center for TDW is located in the Faculty of Political Science, chaired by Dr. Charas Suwanmala, Faculty Professor and Dean. The center’s governance body, the TDW executive committee, is made of professors and scholars of various disciplines including government and politics, public administration, international relations, sociology and anthropology.
TDW’s Objectives, Functions, and Services
TDW program aims to monitor the progress of Thailand democratization, to provide research findings, information, and knowledge to the public, as well as to stimulate political awareness of political turbulences. TDW expects to prevail against the so-called “vicious circle” of Thai politics rooted in the country for more than half a century. Democracy watch areas cover a wide range of democratization aspects including
- citizenship, human rights and security;
- local and national political and bureaucratic institutions and their governance, independent bodies under the constitution, NGOs, political party, election, politics-administrative dichotomy.
- civil society, deliberative democracy, popular participation, decentralization, local politics, and civic movement;
- globalization and its relations to Thai democratization.
TDW’s Services and Activities
- Providing information on research findings, articles, summaries of debates and academic forums, and comments on current political events and public policies; and
- Supporting and collaborating with public institutions, mass media, and civic organizations in organizing conferences, public debates, and academic forums on democratization movements.
- International Conference on Human Security in Asia, October 2007
- Thailand-Korea Dialogue on Democratization, November 2007
- Civic Education: Germany-Thailand dialogue (in Collaboration with King Prajadhipok’s Institute, and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung), February 2008
- The Many Faces of Public Management, August 7-9, 2008
Academic Forums and Debates
- A Revisit of the Concealed Bonds of the Former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, September 2007
- The National Security Act, December 2007
- Rating the New Cabinet 2008, February 2008
- A Movement for Constitutional Revision, May 2008
- Others topics (will be announced later).
- A conference on the 60th Anniversary of the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, entitled “Thailand’s Democracy in Transition,” August 17-18, 2008
- A national conference on Political Science and Thai Democratization, December 2-3, 2008