Thailand

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Thailand's Rice Scheme Postmortem

Steve Finch, The Diplomat

Thailand's Democracy Under Siege

Samak Mith, The Diplomat

Thailand's Inevitable Revolution

Robert Amsterdam, RealClearWorld

Leaning on Thailand's Junta

Pavin Chachavalpongpun, New York Times

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...(full article)

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

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

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...

Asia's Two Very Different Futures - Zachary Keck, The National Interest

It’s well established that we are living in the Asian Century. Just what the Asian Century will look like is open to debate....

Betting Behind Buddha's Back - James Monroe Adams IV, Narratively

In the devout Buddhist city of Chiang Mai, gambling, alcohol and greed are strictly frowned upon, and a booze-soaked racetrack is the most popular place in town....

Fight Club in Thailand's Most Notorious Prison - Matt Shaer, Men's Journal

Killers, armed robbers, and drug dealers in Thailand's notorious Klong Prem prison have one shot at honor, money, and maybe even freedom -- fighting Western pros in jail-yard match...

Thailand: Into the Void - Lennox Samuels, The Daily Beast

Thailand’s Constitutional Court has voided the country’s latest elections in a move sure to deepen the country’s ongoing political crisis. The ruling that nullifies the Feb...

Thailand Preparing for Civil War - Patrick Winn, Global Post

For months, Thailand has grown frighteningly chaotic. The Southeast Asian nation has lacked an official parliament since December. Protesters intent on toppling the government have...

The Streets Ain't What They Used to Be - Christian Caryl, Foreign Policy

Back in the days of the Arab Spring, optimists predicted a bright future for democratic upheavals around the world. But the reality in places like Ukraine, Venezuela, Turkey, and T...

Get Ready for a Bloody End Game in Thailand - Joshua Kurlantzick, BBW

None of the cycles of protest and counter-protest have ended in solutions that resolved Thailand’s class and regional divides; the protests led to temporary fixes that only e...

Same Old Thai Stalemate - Japan Times

The political crisis in Thailand appears set to drag on as vote disruptions in Sunday’s general election means that at least several months will be needed before a new parlia...

Can This Man Save Asian Democracy? - Bloomberg View

One might well despair of democracy in Southeast Asia, judging by the events of recent weeks: crackdowns on protesters in Cambodia, anti-Christian attacks in Malaysia and anti-Musl...

The Truth About Thailand's 'Democrats' - Peter Hartcher, SM Herald

The country once known as the Land of Smiles now wears a permanent grimace....

Democracy in Thailand, Interrupted - New York Times

These are dark days in Thailand, where an election on Sunday was disrupted by protesters whose demands for a suspension of democracy could lead to greater chaos. The country’...

Only Losers in Thailand's Elections - Elliot Brennan, The Diplomat

Marred by protests, the weekend vote hardly signals the end of Thailand’s troubles....

Thailand's Looming Crisis - Peter Mellgard & Walter Mead, American Interest

Thailand’s struggles touch on issues that Thais for various reasons don’t like to speak openly and frankly about: the role of the monarchy, the health of the king and e...

3 Ways to Stop Thailand from Going to Hell - David Stout, Time

Residents in Bangkok are on edge. After four years of tenuous peace in the capital, Bangkok appears poised for another round of violence this weekend. Thailand‘s urban elite ...

A Way Out of Thailand's Political Crisis - The Economist

For more than three months Bangkok has been the scene of confrontation, as huge protests have shut down the government district and other parts of the capital. A snap general elect...

Thailand: Global Democracy's Last Gasp? - Sean Thomas, The Telegraph

As a brand, western democracy is damaged. When developing nations look to the democratic West, they see a dwindling and weakened superpower in America. Meanwhile, Europe has econom...

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