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People remove barricades blocking the road during an antigovernment protest, in Bangkok, Thailand on October 16, 2020. Jorge Silva/Reuters

What Now for Thailand’s Protests?

Pavin Chachavalpongpun is associate professor at Kyoto University’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies.  Read More

China
A Crack in the Wall? Not So Fast.
What can the quick rise—and equally quick fall—of a state-approved app that allows Chinese netizens limited access to western social media tell us about the CCP’s evolving approach to information, censorship, and internet governance?
Southeast Asia
Thailand Spiraling Toward Outright Conflict
In recent days, protests and counterprotests in Thailand have pushed the country closer to dangerous conflict between pro-democracy demonstrators, who also increasingly have called for monarchical re…
India
Jaswant Singh—A Personal Remembrance
Marshall M. Bouton is president emeritus of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Former Indian Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh, whose service to his country spanned seven decades, passed away in …
  • China
    To Understand China’s Aggressive Foreign Policy, Look at Its Domestic Politics
    In the past six months, Chinese foreign policy appears to have taken a dramatic and aggressive turn. One way to understand this assertive foreign policy is through the lens of China's internal politics.
  • Southeast Asia
    Thai Protests Focus More Explicitly on the Monarchy
    Pavin Chachavalpongpun is associate professor at Kyoto University’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies. After weeks of reformist protests in Bangkok and other parts of the country, Thailand’s demo…
  • Southeast Asia
    Explaining Thailand's Growing Protests
    In recent months, Thai students and other activists have staged a series of escalating protests. The demonstrations initially focused on demands for constitutional change and new elections, after las…
  • Japan
    Beginning the Post-Abe Era
    Prime Minister Abe Shinzo will resign on September 16, two days after the LDP elects the next president of the party. His long tenure in office gave Abe the opportunity to leave his mark on his party…
  • Southeast Asia
    A Review of “Man of Contradictions: Joko Widodo and the Struggle to Remake Indonesia” by Ben Bland
    Thomas Pepinsky is Tisch University Professor in the Department of Government at Cornell University, and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is the author, most recently, of …
  • Southeast Asia
    A Review of “Under Beijing’s Shadow: Southeast Asia's China Challenge” by Murray Hiebert
    Hunter Marston is a PhD candidate at the Australian National University. His research focuses on great power competition in Southeast Asia. According to recent surveys of Southeast Asia, China is …
  • Southeast Asia
    Thailand Protests Increasingly Challenge the Monarchy
    Pavin Chachavalpongpun is associate professor at Kyoto University’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies. A coalition of Thai youths, students and political activists has launched a series of protes…