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August 10, 2011

Thailand
Members of Thailand’s new cabinet take a group photo at the Government House in Bangkok August 10, 2011. Yingluck’s Appointees

Members of Thailand's new cabinet take a group photo at the Government House in Bangkok August 10, 2011. (Chaiwat Subprasom/Courtesy Reuters) New Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is not e…

September 18, 2017

Thailand
Yingluck supporters_8.25.2017 With Yingluck Gone, What Now for Thai Politics?

Throughout this past summer, Thai politicians, journalists, and other opinion leaders waited anxiously for the conclusion of the trial of former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who was removed by…

August 24, 2017

Thailand
Yingluck_Thailand_8.1.2017 Thailand’s Enforced Calm Could Collapse After Yingluck Trial

On Friday, former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will hear the verdict in her trial over allegedly neglecting management of a massive rice subsidy plan. She oversaw the rice subsidy during h…

November 6, 2013

Thailand
A protester holds a banner as thousands gather against the amnesty bill in Bangkok's central business district on November 6, 2013. The Thai Senate will likely reject an amnesty bill critics say is aimed at bringing back convicted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra from exile, the Senate Speaker said on Wednesday, a move that could defuse rising tension on the streets of Bangkok. (Damir Sagolj/Courtesy Reuters) Left With No Bad Moves to Make, Yingluck Makes the Right One

Today Thailand time, after not only the opposition Democrats but also many members of her own coalition expressed fury at Thailand’s proposed amnesty bill, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s govern…

September 18, 2006

Democratization
A Conversation with Thaksin Shinawatra

Watch Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra discuss democracy in Asia.

December 28, 2017

Southeast Asia
Hun Sen_12.3.2017 Events in Southeast Asia to Watch in 2018

Part One Southeast Asia, like many parts of the world, had a turbulent 2017, with many of the biggest challenges related to a rollback in rights and democracy, and the strength of populism in the …

October 27, 2017

Southeast Asia
Trump-Prayuth-10.2.2017 Southeast Asia’s Democratic Backsliding in the Age of “America First”

Southeast Asia’s democratic regression has taken a dramatic turn for the worse in the past few years. In Thailand, the military junta, which seized power in 2014 from an elected government, oversaw t…

October 27, 2017

Southeast Asia
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha shakes hands with U.S. President Donald J. Trump in Washington, D.C., October 2, 2017. Southeast Asia’s Democratic Decline in the America First Era

President Trump appears little troubled by the sharp democratic decline in Southeast Asia, but the rise of authoritarianism could hurt U.S. interests in the region.

September 26, 2017

Southeast Asia
Hun Sen_6.28.2017 2018 Will be a Pivotal Year for Southeast Asian Democracy

Democratic backsliding in Southeast Asia continues, extending a trend that has been at work in the region for more than a decade.

September 5, 2017

Southeast Asia
Hun Sen_campaign_6.2.2017 Just When You Thought Southeast Asia’s Democratic Regression Couldn’t Get Any Worse …

Part Two Read Part One here.  Could the situation for democracy in Southeast Asia, which had seemed on the verge of having multiple consolidated democracies in the 2000s, get worse these days? …