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ANU is being sponsored by the US DoD to find out what the Thai Military think of the US and China. I'm sure it's just coincidence that this 'study' has started now that the Thai military is running the country.
A case of one of the '5 eyes' earning their keep?
What kind of man would put a known criminal in charge of a major branch of government? Apart from, say, the average voter - R.I.P. Terry Pratchett
The key questions are: to what extent are local military elites and political figures amenable to great power influence over strategic security choices and what are the key determinants of such influence?
So, they're employing the ANU to determine how corruptible Thai elite power brokers are and at what price?
We live in a world of absurdities. Kids are going to sleep hungry and these jackasses print money to fund their military to give it to a Dr. Do-nothing academic in Australia to figure out how much more money they need to print to buy off the Thai military.
They should have just asked the RBA how much they had to print to pay Thai officials to win money printing contracts there.
Theft by money printing, military violence and encouraging corrupt governance ... just another day of USA foreign policy.