Thailand

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Thai General Seeks Japan's Blessing

P. Chachavalpongpun, Japan Times

Thailand Is no Democracy

Saritdet Marukatat, Bangkok Post

A Thai Leader's Tough Luck

Lennox Samuels, Daily Beast

Will Thailand Finally Get Its Sub Fleet?

P. Parameswaran, The Diplomat

The reason for that strain was the American reaction to the Thai military’s coup d’état, which overthrew Thailand’s democratically-elected civilian governm...(full article)

While in Tokyo, Prayuth will ink a deal with the Japanese government on a high-speed train project that involves the building of rail tracks connecting Bangkok with Myanmar and Cam...(full article)

Democracy in Thailand did not die on Jan 23, 2015 when the National Legislative Assembly voted to retroactively axe Yingluck Shinawatra from the premier's position and slap a five-...(full article)

The former Thai premier will learn her fate Friday in the denouement of a drama that began with the military and establishment hounding her from office last year....(full article)

Thailand may look to procure two or three submarines as part of an increased 2016 defense budget, finally giving the country a capability it has lacked for more than sixty years, T...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

The Tragedy of Thai Military Rule - The Guardian

Thai political life after last year’s military takeover hovers somewhere between farce and tragedy. Farce, when the government had to hurriedly delete a scene showing a schoo...

Hong Kong Won't Settle for Fake Democracy - Robert Boswell, SCMP

I have lived and worked around Asia for 20 years, including a year in Hong Kong, and have followed the democracy protests in the city closely. There are plenty of differences betwe...

A Tenuous Calm Along Thai-Cambodian Border - Nicole Jenne, EAF

Domestic uncertainties in Thailand and Cambodia have hindered progress along the heavily militarised border and the Preah Vihear temple dispute....

Why China, Thailand Fear 'Hunger Games' - Ishaan Tharoor, WaPo

The third installment in the "Hunger Games" movie franchise -- "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1" -- is opening Friday in U.S. movie theaters and other countries arou...

Was 2014 Start of an Asian Spring? - Nithin Coca, The Diplomat

In Hong Kong, it’s a yellow umbrella. In Taiwan, the similarly bright sunflower. Thailand pitted yellow-shirts against red-shirts, while in Indonesia, it is the nat...

Thailand's Economy Needs a Strategy - Pavida Pananond, Bangkok Post

The World Bank's projection that Thailand will remain the slowest-growing economy in Southeast Asia up to 2016 brings back the contrasting memory of Thailand's giddy era in the lat...

Thai Government Must Hand Down Power - A. Achakulwisut, Bangkok Post

The only way for Gen Prayuth to realise his own dream is for him to empower the people. He has to turn them into informed and engaged citizens and give them room to make decisions ...

Asia's Democratic Dark Spots - Shashi Tharoor, Project Syndicate

Democracy in Asia lately has proved to be hardier than many might have expected, with free and fair elections enabling the large and divided societies of India and Indonesia to man...

2014: A Year of Botched Elections in Asia - Andrew Oplas, The Diplomat

It is commonly understood that genuine elections are among the most indispensable prerequisites for effective and sustained democratic governance. And yet as with democracy itsel...

Thailand's Despicable Trafficking Record - Washington Post

Most of the trafficking in Thailand involves sex workers. But two important pieces of journalism in the past year have cast light on brutal and abhorrent practices of human traffic...

The New Thailand-Myanmar Axis - Pavin Chachavalpongpun, The Diplomat

Amid international sanctions, the Thai junta has found some comfort in the warm embrace of China. Shortly after the coup, photos surfaced of Army Chief, General Prayuth Chan-ocha...

The Thai Junta Is Scared to Death of John Oliver - Andrew Marshall, Vice

Comedian John Oliver has achieved cult status in the United States thanks to the epic “viral rants” he delivers on his late-night show Last Week Tonight — but Thailand’s mi...

Thailand's Rice Scheme Postmortem - Steve Finch, The Diplomat

The nation remains as divided as ever over the fallout from the Shinawatras’ controversial rice subsidies....

Thailand's Democracy Under Siege - Samak Mith, The Diplomat

Looking at Thailand’s political crisis from a class-based perspective alone is flawed, offering only an incomplete explanation. Still, it is undeniable that Thailand’s social...

Thailand's Inevitable Revolution - Robert Amsterdam, RealClearWorld

In recent weeks, the military junta in Thailand has been working hard on rehabilitating its image. A battalion of soft-spoken diplomats has been dispatched on an international char...

Leaning on Thailand's Junta - Pavin Chachavalpongpun, New York Times

Over the past two months, Thailand has been wrenched backward into a dark age. In May, partisan judges forced Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra out of office, and then royalist ge...

Thailand's Junta Follows the Chinese Model - Sean Thomas, The Spectator

Arguably, this model was pioneered by the Singaporeans, but the Chinese have shown you can use the same model for a big country. China is, by some estimates, already overtaking Ame...

Thailand Now the Land of Snitches - Charlie Campbell, Time

Thailand’s ruling junta is offering 500 baht ($15) to anyone submitting a photo of anticoup activities — either taken firsthand or downloaded from social media....

A Climate of Fear in Thailand - Pavin Chachavalpongpun, Japan Times

The Thai military has claimed that the coup it staged May 22 was needed to restore peace and order in the country. In reality, the military intervention has restored neither peace ...

Every Coup Has a Silver Lining - Sumati Sivasiamphai, Bangkok Post

It has been about three weeks since our military overlords took over the country in the May 22 coup. Despite some valiant efforts by the army to repay rice farmers money owed to th...

The Power of Crowds - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

Always keep 1848 in mind. For with technology now providing a tipping point in a world of vast urban concentrations, and with more and more human beings living in dense, claustroph...

At the 'End of History' Still Stands Democracy - Francis Fukuyama, WSJ

So has my end-of-history hypothesis been proven wrong, or if not wrong, in need of serious revision? I believe that the underlying idea remains essentially correct, but I also now ...

Why the World's Monarchies Endure - John Rees, The Conversation

The “spectacle” has always been an important political tool, but in no other time have images had such rapid and global impact, unleashing an insatiable popular hunger ...

Sliding Toward Autocracy in Thailand - New York Times

After taking power in a coup last week, Thailand’s top army general said the military would establish a “genuine democracy” in the country. But in practice, the m...

Growing Threat of Buddhist Fundamentalism - Vishal Arora, Diplomat

Buddhist fundamentalism seems to be fast spreading its tentacles in Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand, as newspapers report violent attacks on religious minorities and shrill deman...

Thailand's Army Tears Up the Script - Duncan McCargo, New York Times

The leaders of the May 22 coup are not sticking to the 1991 or 2006 scripts. For one thing, their seizure of power was prefaced, two days beforehand, by a declaration of martial la...

A Coup By Any Other Name - Japan Times

The problem in Thailand is not Shinawatra. It is what he stands for: a newly empowered population that demands a say in how the country is run. Rather than honor that demand, as an...

Thailand's Red Shirts Prepare for a Long Fight - Campbell & Thani, Time

The monsoon rains have finally arrived in northeast Thailand, promising to transform the parched terrain into gleaming emerald. But the downpours have done little to extinguish t...

Thai Coup a Chinese Opening? - Walter Russell Mead, The American Interest

Thailand’s coup, and the swift international condemnation of it, could represent a major event in Asia’s ongoing geopolitical competition. The U.S. condemnation was pa...

Coup Offers No Solution - Bangkok Post

Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha justified his decision to stage yesterday’s coup as necessary to prevent further loss of life and stop the political conflict from escalating. The r...

Thai Coup Risks Civil War - Washington Post

In declaring martial law Tuesday, Thailand’s army chief, Gen. Prayuth Chan-Ocha, implicitly asked the Thai people and their friends abroad, especially in the United States, to...

Thailand's Coup and Two Middle Classes - Serhat Unaldi, The Diplomat

Alongside a fight between leaders who were positioning themselves ahead of the upcoming royal succession, this was a battle between Thailand’s middle classes. An emerging middl...

Thailand Is Kerry's Next Test - David Francis, The Fiscal Times

The United States has had formal diplomatic relations with Thailand since 1833, and the country has been the most important American ally in Southeast Asia since the end of World ...

5-Step Guide to Thai Military Coup - Adam Taylor, Washington Post

Following months of political instability and days of leadership limbo, Thailand's military officially announced Thursday evening that it had taken over the government, turnin...

Brutality a Sad Fact of Thai Life - Sanitsuda Ekachai, Bangkok Post

While the country is still debating whether martial law is actually just a coup, people across the country are subjected to daily brutality, whether from deeply ingrained militaris...

Thailand's Dangerous Tightrope - Bangkok Post

The military’s declaration of martial law was not a complete surprise, but its ripple effect cannot be underestimated. Army commander Prayuth Chan-ocha had made it clear last...

Preventing Civil War in Thailand - Mark Fenn, The Guardian

Despite an army coup in all but name, the Thai government is clinging on. The people's wishes must be respected...

Thais Must Choose Ballots Over Bullets - William Pesek, Bloomberg View

The army acted a day after data showed gross domestic product shrank 0.6 percent in the first three months of 2014. Thai production and tourism have been hurt exponentially by unre...

Thailand: Looks Like a Coup, Smells Like a Coup - Charlie Campbell, Time

Despite military denials, the imposition of martial law across Thailand on Tuesday has been criticized by government supporters as yet another putsch — the last one being the ...

Thai Recipe for a Coup - The Hindu

The larger battle behind the crisis is between the royalist-military establishment and urban elites represented by the Democratic Party, and populist forces unleashed by Pheu Thai....

Civil War Looms for Thailand - Clifford Coonan, Irish Times

The crisis is the latest stage in a decade of intense rivalry between the royalist establishment and Yingluck’s brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, the populist former prime ministe...

Democracy-in-Name-Only in Thailand - Erin Wildermuth, Rare

Last week, Yingluck Shinawatra became the third prime minister of Thailand to be removed from office by the courts since the military coup that overthrew her brother Thaksin Shinaw...

It's a Thai Thing: Ditching the New for the Old - Tom Plate, Japan Times

The anti-Thaksin crowd’s dubious bile was then piled on his younger sister Yingluck, a lady of substantial charm and I-try-hard work habits. The Thai Constitutional Court tha...

Judiciary Defeats Democracy in Thailand - Kevin Hewison, Conversation

Having faced down six months of sometimes violent street protests and avoided a military coup, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was yesterday brought down by Thailand’s Constit...

Court Forces Out Thai PM, but Crisis Continues - Thanyarat Doksone, AP

A court ousted Thailand's prime minister on Wednesday for abuse of power, accomplishing what anti-government demonstrators have sought to do for the past six months and further wid...

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