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Non-Traditional Threats

Army chief's book sees rise in sales

WE KNOW THAT National Council for Peace and Order boss General Prayuth Chan-ocha possesses song writing ability, but his book "Non-Traditional Threats" also demonstrates to a certain extent the Army chief's academic merit in national defence.

A sales person at Suksit Siam bookstore said the book, a compilation of papers written by Prayuth when he studied at the National Defence College in 2007-08, has enjoyed a sales spike after bloggers posted messages about the book on Facebook.

Prayuth was Army chief of staff when he attended the college to study the national defence curriculum.

The book's forward carries a message by Thanaporn Sriyakul, director of the Association of Political Science at Kasetsart University.

Thanaporn said he and Colonel Kachornsak Thaprayoon, the association's secretary-general, agreed that research work by Prayuth should be disseminated.

The research covers Prayuth's interviews with seven high-profile people including former Natural Resources and Environment permanent secretary Saksit Tridet, former Labour Ministry permanent secretary Jutathawat Intharasisuk and ex-Army chief Gen Anupong Paochinda.

He also interviewed Chulalongkorn University lecturer Dr Panitan Wattanayakorn, Pol Colonel Thawee Sodsong, National Security Council secretary-general Thawil Pliensri and former Police Chief General Adul Saengsingkaew.

Prayuth has stepped up the military's work to brace for non-traditional threats in the form of insurgency in the southern border provinces, international terrorism, drugs, illegal migrants, environmental disasters and outbreaks of disease, poverty and the imbalanced management of natural resources and the environment.

Thanaporn is a close aide of Somsak Thepsuthin, who co-founded the Matchima Thippathai Party.

Thanaporn established the Commoners Party in April with policies that matched the philosophical principles of the Nitirat group, such as amending Article 112 of the Criminal Code relating to the lese majeste, granting amnesty to those charged with political offences - except the leaders. After May 22, the NCPO summoned Thanaporn in a bid to have his political views adjusted.

The 208-page, Bt199 book is on sale for half price at the second Independent Book Shop fair on Fuang Nakhon Rd.


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