Thailand’s Pseudo-Democracy Has Become a Reality

September 13, 2016

Has the August referendum cemented the Thai public's approval of a military government? On August 7, Thailand held the long-awaited referendum on its draft constitution. While the junta claims that the proposed constitution will usher in an era of peace and stability, critics argue that it...

The World This Week: Might Thailand Turn Into Paradise Lost?

August 14, 2016

Thailand is deeply divided on class and regional lines, with the Bangkok monarchist elite engaged in a brutal battle with the Shinawatra clan as a Malay-Muslim insurgency rages furiously. This week, bombs went off in Thailand’s tourist towns. This came as a rude shock to much of the world...

What Thailand Can Learn From Turkey

June 18, 2014

Thailand needs to learn from Turkey’s experience of military coups and political rivalry. With the announcement of Thailand’s twelfth full-blown coup since 1932 on May 25, the country’s steady slide into paralysis and military rule is complete. It marks a new low for a country that was...

The Real Face of Thai Political Reform Today

May 18, 2014

Democracy in Thailand cannot be realized until the elite favor rule of law over rule by law. Thailand is a political mess. For the fourth time since 2006, against the will of the majority electorate, an elected prime minister has been forcibly removed from office. The “Thai political...

Malaysia in 2014: A Perspective from Thailand

April 09, 2014

Unrest in Thailand could influence political developments in Malaysia. Thai-Malaysian relations have in the past decade been predominantly shaped by the situation in the three southernmost provinces of Thailand. In 2004, under the Thaksin Shinawatra administration, an Islamist insurgency...

Thailand in 2014: A Democracy Endangered by Juristocracy?

April 03, 2014

In Thailand, the judiciary appears ready to spring a new coup. Since 2005, Thailand has been a divided country, witnessing resurgent waves of political pandemonium. The latest resurrection of such acrimony surfaced in November 2013, when once again, the country began to suffer mass demonstrations...

Political Unrest in Thailand: The Crisis Explained

April 03, 2014

Thailand's political unrest is more than a showdown between "red shirts" and "yellow shirts." Background In 2013, Thailand welcomed over 26.7 million visitors, while its capital city, Bangkok, was declared as the world's number one travel destination by the Global Destination Cities...