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May 28, 2019

Southeast Asia
Prem Tinsulanonda’s Legacy—and the Failures of Thai Politics Today

By Pavin Chachavalpongpun and Joshua Kurlantzick General Prem Tinsulanonda, the former army chief, long-time prime minister (1980–1988), and head of the palace’s Privy Council, passed away on May …

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May 8, 2019

Southeast Asia
The Impact of the Coronation of King Vajiralongkorn

By Pavin Chachavalpongpun and Joshua Kurlantzick The coronation of King Vajiralongkorn of Thailand, held last weekend, was the first crowning of a Thai sovereign since that of his father, the late…

Vajiralongkorn_5.5.2019

February 13, 2019

Southeast Asia
What the Turmoil in Thailand Reveals About the Thai Monarchy

By Pavin Chachavalpongpun Thai politics continues to be drawn along the monarchy’s fault lines, following the recent dramatic events, which exposed deep conflicts between opposing monarchical fact…

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May 5, 2017

Thailand
Thailand Cracks Down Even Harder on the Media

Since the coup in 2014, Thailand’s climate of free speech, already previously threatened by lèse majesté prosecutions and restrictions in online speech, has gotten far chillier. The country has falle…

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September 9, 2014

Thailand
U.S. Policy Options Toward Thailand

In my previous post on the rule of Prayuth Chan-ocha, I noted that, in this “hard coup,” army rule could last a considerably long time–two years, and possibly even more. Some Thai observers are sugge…

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January 21, 2014

Thailand
Thai Royalty Becomes More Openly Involved in Politics

Despite officially being a constitutional monarchy and supposedly no different than the monarchies of Britain, the Netherlands, or modern-day Japan, Thailand’s royal family has, during the reign of K…

Anti-government protesters celebrate under portraits of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit as they enter the area near the Government house in Bangkok on December 3, 2013. (Damir Sagolj/Courtesy Reuters)

January 6, 2012

Thailand
Thailand on the Edge – Again

Having just returned from Thailand, I found that the country, which nearly succeeded in destroying itself in 2010 and early 2011, seems determined to continue trying to do so in 2012. As anyone who f…

Thailand's PM Yingluck Shinawatra pays respect in front of a portrait of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Bangkok.

December 1, 2010

Thailand
The Dangerous Use of the Thai Monarchy

Anti-government "red shirt" protesters hold a picture of Thailand's King Adulyadej in central Bangkok. (Sukree Sukplang/Courtesy Reuters) In the Asia Sentinel this week, Thai academic Pavin Chac…

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