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Betting Behind Buddha's Back

James Monroe Adams IV, Narratively

Thailand: Into the Void

Lennox Samuels, The Daily Beast

Thailand Preparing for Civil War

Patrick Winn, Global Post

The Streets Ain't What They Used to Be

Christian Caryl, Foreign Policy

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....(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

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...

Thailand Is Only the Tip of Asia's Iceberg - William Pesek, Bloomberg

The circuslike dysfunction in Bangkok is unique. The weaknesses being exposed there are not. From Thailand to Indonesia to Malaysia -- even as far as India -- Asian nations are dis...

Can an Embattled Thailand Find Compromise? - Bloomberg View

As with so many seemingly intractable fights, the warring camps that have paralyzed Thailand both say they want the same thing: a cleaner, more legitimate democratic process. It’...

Why the U.S. Should Worry About Thailand - Kaplan & Gertken, Stratfor

America's oldest Asian ally faces political stalemate at the very moment Washington seeks to shore up its influence in the face of China's rise. The U.S. wants to see a politically...

Urban Villagers Are Asia's New Force - Pankaj Mishra, Bloomberg View

From Thailand to Turkey, liberalized and globalized economies have created new urban middle classes, which in classical modernization theory have been expected to democratize their...

Thailand Moves Toward the Brink - Financial Times

The world has in recent years become accustomed to the outbreak of mass public demonstrations against autocrats and elites. The Middle East has had the Arab uprisings in Egypt, Syr...

Thailand's Mass Protests Against Democracy - Zachary Keck, Diplomat

Even when democracy is rolled back it is usually through coups or civil wars or some sort of illegitimate seizure of power. Occasionally, such as in the case of Nazi Germany or t...

Thailand on the Brink -- Again - Mark Fenn, The Diplomat

Thailand is no stranger to political turmoil but the current unrest looks set to be a protracted and especially bitter affair, raising the very real possibility of civil war. The ...

Protests Greet New Year in Southeast Asia - Mong Palatino, The Diplomat

Southeast Asia was rocked by street protests during the first week of the new year –  a troubling preview of the unfolding political and economic crisis gripping many countrie...

Democracy in Peril in Asia - New York Times

Street protests in three Asian countries -- Cambodia, Bangladesh and Thailand -- are a vivid reminder of the fragile state of democracy in many developing countries, particularly t...

Thailand's Silent Coup - Sin-ming Shaw, Project Syndicate

Thailand is once again being convulsed by extreme partisan politics, with the country’s polarization playing out on Bangkok’s streets. Several people have been killed, ...

The Tragedy of Thailand's Politics - Tom Plate, Japan Times

A country of beauty is in danger of turning into a beast. The Kingdom of Thailand, the land of the smiling people, the gorgeous countryside and a storied history as the once-upon-a...

Why the Elites Are Rising Up - Jackson Diehl, Washington Post

We live in an era in which globalization is said to be benefiting elites in countries around the world while leaving behind the masses who lack the education or skills to compete. ...

There's No Global Democratic Wave - Richard Youngs, Bloomberg

This year has been one of vibrant and daring social protest, closing with the tumult in Ukraine and Thailand. Disturbances have taken place even in ultra-stable Singapore. Protests...

Them Ol' Middle Class Bangkokian Blues - Voranai Vanijaka, Bangkok Post

As a member of the Bangkok middle class, allow me to say this: People, get over yourselves. Life was never meant to be fair. You have been too busy making money and dancing to K-po...

Can Thailand Find a Way Out of Its Box? - Bangkok Post

It is time for the nation to draw a collective deep breath, and stop for a moment to consider where we all stand. For more than a month, people across the country have stated and s...

Thailand Gives Up on Democracy - Greg Sheridan, The Australian

Has Thailand lost the knack of democracy altogether? Another government, this time of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, has effectively been forced out of office by street protes...

Has Thailand's Yingluck Played Her Ace? - The Economist

The capital has always been a stronghold of the opposition Democrat Party. Out in the rural north, it’s a very different story. There Mr Thaksin and his party long ago captur...

Why Is Thailand So Dysfunctional? Blame the King - Paul Handley, FP

The world's longest-serving head of state marked his 86th birthday on Thursday, Dec. 5, and as always in recent years the pitched political battle on Bangkok's streets agreed a res...

Pressing the Pause Button in Thailand - The Economist

Both sides have now started to invoke the king in order to bolster their positions. In a televised address Ms Yingluck urged all Thais to unite and show their love for King Bhumibo...

Thailand on the Brink of Chaos - Andrew Walker, Canberra Times

As Thailand pauses to celebrate King Bhumibol's birthday this week, it faces a stark choice: persevere with electoral democracy or plunge the nation into a dangerous phase of civil...

Thailand's Ultimatum Politics - The Guardian

Emergence of new political forces in Thailand should be good news, but the demonstrators' demands are not democratic...

Thailand Remains on the Brink - The Australian

Leaders of the mass protest movement threatening anarchy in Bangkok have a point when they fulminate about the undue influence wielded over the government of Prime Minister Yingluc...

Thailand's Tea Partiers - Lennox Samuels, The Daily Beast

Anti-government demonstrators took to Bangkok’s streets 10 days ago, ostensibly to protest Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s bid to push through an amnesty bill that wo...

A People's Coup by Thailand's Minority - Thitinan Pongsudhirak, WSJ

If Mr. Suthep fails, he will have exposed the chasm between alternate interpretations of Thailand's social contract, and further weakened the electoral base of the Democrat Party....

Thailand Is Coming Apart - The Independent

The violent anti-government demonstrations shaking Bangkok are a symptom of a deeper malaise. Something has gone radically wrong in Thailand in recent years. The country has become...

Undemocratic Hand Behind Thailand's Protests - Robert Amsterdam, RCW

Over the past week, observers of politics in Thailand have been treated to yet another public display of anti-government street protests that have sought to paralyze the elected ad...

Democracy Simply Hasn't Taken Root in Thailand - Bangkok Post

In fact, this is not the first time society has tried to reform politics. Since the 1973 student uprising, Thai politics has been "reformed" several times. But this reform has been...

Will U.S.-China Game Play Out in Thailand? - Walter Russell Mead, TAI

As Thailand edges uneasily toward a new political era, Americans and others will be watching to see whether political change at home implies change in its foreign policy. In a wors...

Thailand's Latest Troubles - New York Times

Thailand is again on the verge of political turmoil. An ill-conceived amnesty bill pushed through the lower house of Parliament by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra earlier this m...

Thailand's Big Brother Drama - William Pesek, Bloomberg

“Welcome to the Republic of Thaksin.” You won’t see these words displayed in the customs hall when arriving in Thailand, but the Land of Smiles has indeed morphed into the ...

A Long View of Asia's Territorial Disputes - Trefor Moss, The Diplomat

Among the contradictory narratives and fluctuating fortunes, one thing, at least, is clear. When Asian leaders insist that their country’s claim to a contested territory is h...

Asia's Looming Power Shift - Rajan Menon, The National Interest

A likely consequence of the divergent interests among Greater Asia's most powerful states and the absence of effective institutions to facilitate collective action is that problems...

Don't Blame the Fed for Asia's Problems - William Pesek, Bloomberg

Asian governments need to face up to realities. Perhaps they can live without American and European consumers for four or five years, but thriving beyond that requires more buoyant...

5 Cringe-Worthy World News Stories - RealClearWorld

Smartphones and social media are rapidly changing the news business, as stories and images that once took weeks, if not years, to surface can now be instantly loaded to Facebook, T...

China Flaunts Cross-Border Clout in Drug Lord Hunt - Perlez & Feng, NYT

China's search for Mr. Naw Kham, overseen by its powerful Ministry of Public Security, was a hard-nosed display of the government’s political and economic clout across Laos, Myan...

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