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December 11, 2012

Thailand
Former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva arrives at the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) in Bangkok. Abhisit, Suthep Charged for 2010 Bangkok Violence

This past week, the Thai Department of Special Investigation (DSI) charged former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and former deputy prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban for authorizing the shooting and …

May 26, 2015

Thailand
thailand-coup-anniversary-protests Thailand’s Coup, One Year On

This past week marks one year since Thailand’s most recent military coup, either the 19th or the 18th in the kingdom’s modern history, depending on how one counts putsch attempts. The year since the …

March 13, 2015

Thailand
Prayuth Chan-ocha-thailand-elections Thai Junta Seems Ready to Put Elections Off Longer

In a recent letter to the Washington Post, Thailand’s new ambassador to the United States insisted that despite the May 2014 coup, continued martial law, crackdowns on activists of all types, and an …

May 6, 2014

Thailand
Abhisit-Vejjajiva Thailand’s Stalemate to Continue

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, Thailand’s political situation does. Over the past week, Thai opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva offered what he had, in advance, touted as a reconci…

December 13, 2013

India
South Korean soldiers walk past a television showing reports on the execution of Jang Song-taek, who is North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's uncle, at a railway station in Seoul on December 13, 2013. (Kim Hong-ji/Courtesy Reuters) Friday Asia Update: Top Five Stories for the Week of December 13, 2013

Darcie Draudt, Will Piekos, and Sharone Tobias look at the top stories in Asia this week. 1. North Korea announces execution of top official. The Korean Central News Agency announced yesterday the e…

September 30, 2010

Thailand
 	 Add to cart   Add to lightbox (FA Nov-Dec 2010) Download layout (Watermarked) Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva addresses the Euromoney Thailand Investment Forum in Bangkok “Soft” Authoritarianism

In the Bangkok Post, one of the two leading English newspapers in Thailand, Thai academic Thitinan Pongsudhirak offered a sad commentary this week on the state of political affairs in the kingdom. …

January 27, 2014

Thailand
An anti-government protester (C) negotiates with a local official and police officers regarding the closing of a polling station after protesters blocked its entrance during advance voting for a general election in Bangkok on January 26, 2014. (Nir Elias/Courtesy Reuters) Thailand Endgame

Over the weekend, Thailand’s political crisis moved closer to the ultimate endgame, which is a complete takeover by anti-government forces, both in the street and in institutions in Bangkok. Primaril…

April 27, 2011

Thailand
Thai soldiers are seen during a visit by Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, following armed clashes on a disputed border area between Cambodia and Thailand, at a makeshift camp in Surin province, 30 km (19 miles) from the Thai-Cambodia border, April 27, 2011. Thailand and Cambodia: The Endgame?

Thai soldiers are seen during a visit by Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, following armed clashes on a disputed border area between Cambodia and Thailand, at a makeshift camp in Surin province,…

July 20, 2010

Thailand
Anti-government red shirt protesters shout slogans holding a  poster with a defaced photo of Thailand’s prime minister Abhisit  Vejjajiva during a protest in central Bangkok Thailand’s Creeping Authoritarianism

Damir Sagolj / courtesy Reuters As international attention has shifted elsewhere following the dispersal of protests in Bangkok in May, the Thai government has quietly moved toward a kind of cree…

June 30, 2011

The World Next Week:Thailand Votes While Venezuela Wonders The World Next Week:Thailand Votes While Venezuela Wonders

Supporters of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva hold his picture during the Democrat Party election campaign at Ratchaprason intersection at Bangkok's shopping district June 23, 2011. (Sukree Su…