Thailand: The Land of Smiles and Dictators

July 15, 2015

What are Thailand’s prospects for democracy a year after the country’s 19th coup? As most media outlets have their attention geared toward Iran, Greece and the European Union’s asylum seeker crisis, Thailand continues to struggle with the military government that installed itself by a...

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...