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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.