“The Thai-­‐ Cambodian Border Dispute – The overlapping Area –”

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Borders, fixed lines on maps and atlases, can be in real-­‐life sources of conflicts. Even though they are drawn as fixed lines on our maps, they are not as fixed as we think they are. This thesis is about the border conflict between Thailand and Cambodia, with special attention to the surrounding area as source of conflict. This thesis will examine why the Temple of Preah Vihear and surrounding area is a source of conflict and why people engage in this conflict. The Temple of Preah Vihear is situated on the borderland between Thailand and Cambodia. Since the Temple of Preah Vihear became a World Heritage Site (UNESCO) in 2008, the conflict about the Temple once again flared up. This conflict caused causalities among soldiers and residents near the Temple. The research objective of this thesis is to find out why the Temple of Preah Vihear and surrounding area is a source of conflict. In connection with the current literature about conflicts, the objective of this thesis to find out why people engage in this particular conflict. Besides, this thesis want to find out what influences this conflict has on the daily life of the people living in this conflict area.
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