Peace Survey – A Tool For Peace Building in the Deep South of Thailand
The violence called the ‘Southern Fire’ in the southernmost provinces of Thailand is one of the most prolonged
ethno-religious conflicts in Southeast Asian region. Almost every day innocent people have been killed since the upsurge in
the insurgency in 2004. It has been over a decade but the violent situation seems to be continuing and an end to the conflict
is not being reached. Ones of the key recommendations that can help to support peace building process are trust and
understanding the needs of the locals. Fortunately, the peace survey project has been initiated in the deep south of Thailand
early in 2015. The area of peace survey covers the three southernmost provinces, including Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat plus
four districts of Songkhla province. This project is very significant as this is a significant step of Thailand in creating a peace
survey as an extra tool to resolve the ethno-religious conflict in the south. The purpose of this paperis to introduce the peace
survey project as a tool to get people participation in peace process. A quantitative method by questionnaire is used in this
research. This paper presents the results about relationship between people from the two cultures and roles of key players in
the peace process.
Keywords— Peace Survey, Southern Thailand, People Participation, Peacebuilding.