Environmental Security and Cooperation Workshop

  • September 15, 2004
  • Dr Kent H Butts, LTC Curtis W Turner

The United States Army in the Pacific (USARPAC), the Department of Defense (DUSD-I&E), and the United States Army War College conducted an Environmental Security Cooperation Workshop in Bangkok, Thailand from July 19-22, 2004. This workshop focused on multilateral cooperation in developing regional approaches to building governmental legitimacy and creating conditions inhospitable to terrorism. The Royal Thai Army (RTA) has taken a significant role in developing low-cost technologies that help rural communities address the important issues of poverty, food security, health, and the erosion of valuable topsoil. The program stresses sustainability, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, and economic and social progress. As a result of these efforts, support for the Thai government has increased dramatically and the ability of dissident groups to operate within the country has been significantly curtailed. This unique form of military support to civil authority has been praised by the national government for its effectiveness in reducing poverty and creating conditions unfavorable to radical ideology.