25 May 2022
9:30 – 11:00 AM
What Was The Secret War in Laos?
Presenter: Dr. Paul T. Carter
During the Second Indochina War (1959-75), Thailand sent troops to fight in Vietnam. But between Thailand and Vietnam, in the small country of Laos, a very violent secret war was being fought between Thailand and its U.S. ally and the North Vietnamese and Pathet Lao communists. What was this secret war, why was it being fought, and why did Thailand commit troops there? What was Thailand’s role in the war? What was Thailand trying to achieve?
This lecture examinations those questions from the Thai standpoint. It looks at Thailand’s political and military role and activities in Laos going back to the 1954 and later 1962 Geneva Agreements, and details Thailand’s placing troops in Laos in 1970, which became the Thai military’s largest expeditionary force in its history.
Dr. Paul T. Carter lectures and writes on lessons-learned from the Second Indochina War, explores lost battlefields, and interviews former warriors.
Cost : 200 THB
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