Benjamin Zawacki, Visiting Fellow, ’15

Benjamin Zawacki, Visiting Fellow, ’15

Author, human rights researcher, advocate

Benjamin Zawacki is the author of “Thailand: Shifting Ground Between the US and a Rising China” (Zed Books and National University of Singapore Press, June 2017), researched and written in part while a Visiting Fellow at the Human Rights Program.

Zawacki is a Bangkok-based human rights researcher and advocate who has published widely on human rights issues in the region, concentrating on war crimes (southern Thailand), crimes against humanity (eastern Myanmar), and ethnic cleansing (Rohingyas). He is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the New York State Bar. He was the Senior Legal Advisor for Southeast Asia with the International Commission of Jurists; the Acting Regional Representative of the International Development Law Organization; and the first Myanmar Consultant for The Elders. Previously, he was Amnesty International’s Myanmar, Thailand, and Asian Emergencies Researcher. At Harvard, he completed his book on Thailand’s changing bilateral relationships with the United States and China, and on how they intersect with US-China relations.