Grabowsky, Volker
The Asien-Afrika-Institut, University of Hamburg
Individual Project :

The Preah Vihear temple dispute and its national and regional dimensions

The current border conflict between Thailand and Cambodia is centred on the question of sovereignty over the eleventh-century Khmer temple of Preah Vihear. It has its roots in the demarcation of borders between Siam and France in the early 20th century. This project analyzes the evolution of the border conflict and investigates how the present conflict has given rise to public debates, especially in Thailand, on issues of national sovereignty, ethnicity and historical heritages.