- Confronting Communism: Sang Phatthanothai and Thailand's Dynamic Relationship with the Cold War World, 1948–1957
- Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia
- ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute
- Volume 33, Number 1, March 2018
- pp. 59-115
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As a highly influential political figure in the Second Phibun era (1948–57), Sang Phatthanothai charted unique paths for the Thai nation-state in the emerging Cold War. In multifarious roles—as labour organizer, newspaper editor and back-channel diplomat—Sang orchestrated Thai connections with both the People's Republic of China and transnational anti-communist organizations like the spiritual Moral Re-Armament movement in the 1950s. An intellectual and political history of his career reveals a flexible and adaptive vision of Thailand's relationship with international developments in the post-war world. Governing this vision was Sang's dynamic assessment of what best protected the Thai nation's identity and independence.