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Every year from April 13 to 15, the Songkran festival, marking the traditional Thai New Year, takes place across Thailand. In addition to visiting local temples, people flock to th...(full article)

It is hard to speak collectively about a region of so many different languages, ethnicities, religions and political traditions. But as I start a new assignment in a part of the wo...(full article)

YINGLUCK SHINAWATRA: When the coup happened on May 22, some people called to tell me there was a coup! At first, we couldn't believe it. So we called to check and found out my c...(full article)

Thailand is currently under the strictest military regime the country has seen since the early 1970s, an era when China-backed communist guerrillas threatened to overthrow the esta...(full article)

The Obama Administration’s “pivot” to Asia was supposed to be a transformative shift. Why has it led to such underwhelming results?...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Anxious Thailand Worries About Its Image - James Buchanan, Diplomat

Standing with the world’s more developed nations has long been an obsession for Thai elites – and a source of anxiety....

An Urgent Case for Thai Unity - Bangkok Post

Since the moment the army seized control on May 22, 2014, one word has dominated talk while attracting no effective action. Yet reconciliation is arguably the most important and ig...

A Bad Year for Asian Democracy - William Pesek, Barron's

Malaysia and Thailand are just two reasons to doubt Asia’s commitment to openness and accountability....

Thailand's Year of Stagnation - Pavin Chachavalpongpun, The Diplomat

2015 was a year of stillness in Thailand, at least in the political realm....

Managing the Strained US-Thailand Alliance - P. Parameswaran, Diplomat

On December 16, the United States and Thailand will hold their first strategic dialogue in three years in Bangkok in a boost for an alliance that has been under strain following a ...

The Thai Monarchy and Its Riches - Tom Felix Joehnk, New York Times

BANGKOK — The Crown Property Bureau, which manages the Thai royal family’s properties and investments, controls assets that may amount to as much as 1.9 trillion baht, ...

Thailand: Poking the Tiger - James Buchanan, The Diplomat

Activists in Thailand have a busy calendar. Throughout the year they solemnly mark anniversaries of key dates in the struggle to establish a meaningful democracy in the kingdom. Th...

Thai Military Says Global Terror Link 'Unlikely' - Associated Press

Thailand's military junta said Thursday that this week's deadly bombing in downtown Bangkok that killed 20 people was "unlikely" to have been carried out by international terrorist...

A Bombing That Will Roil Thai Politics - Economist

ONLY an hour after a bomb killed at least 20 people on a busy street corner in central Bangkok and injured 140, packed commuter trains were crossing the elevated tracks which overh...

A Basic Primer on Terrorism in Thailand - Zach Beauchamp, Vox

What we know about the bombing and terrorism in Thailand....

Erawan Bomber Must Be Caught - Veera Prateepchaikul, Bangkok Post

The bomber is a savage and the bomb he planted at the Erawan Shrine on Ratchaprasong intersection was meant to kill. That came straight from the mouth of Pol Gen Somyot Pumpunmuang...

Uighur Terrorism: An Unhelpful Misnomer - Angela Poh, Diplomat

Thailand’s recent deportation to China of more than 100 Uyghurs – the majority ethnic group in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region – drew a&...

What Europe Should Learn from Asia's Crisis - William Pesek, Bloomberg

Asian leaders could be excused a degree of exasperation over the ongoing Greek mess. China's slowdown and stock-market chaos are worry enough; the last thing the export-dependent r...

Thailand's Inequality Trap - Taro Nishijima, Yomiuri Shimbun

Thailand today looks stable on the surface. There have been no major clashes between progovernment and antigovernment citizens recently, though there was a bombing incident and a d...

Thailand's Human Trafficking Problem - Neil Thompson, The Diplomat

If Thailand were in the Middle East it would currently make a very good fit for the headlines coming out of that troubled region. The political direction of the country has been tr...

The Last Strongman of Siam - Sebastian Strangio, Foreign Policy

With Thailand’s ailing monarch fading from the scene, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha is positioning himself to rule indefinitely — by silencing all dissent....

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...

U.S. Tensions with Thailand Open Door for China - Felix Chang, FPRI

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...

Thai General Seeks Japan's Blessing - P. Chachavalpongpun, Japan Times

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...

Thailand Is no Democracy - Saritdet Marukatat, Bangkok Post

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-...

A Thai Leader's Tough Luck - Lennox Samuels, Daily Beast

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....

Will Thailand Finally Get Its Sub Fleet? - P. Parameswaran, The Diplomat

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...

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...

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