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August 19, 2010

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In an increasingly competitive region, and a world where a prolonged economic slowdown looks more than likely, the countries of Southeast Asia, constantly worried about competing with China and Ind…

Mas Ayu Adnan, a student, checks her assignment at a cybercafe in Kuala Lumpur August 11, 2009.

March 30, 2006

Thailand Election Preview

As Thailand heads into snap elections April 2, embattled Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra tries to fend off protests from opposition groups who charge him with autocratic governance and corrupt busi…

May 10, 2010

It’s Not Over…

Photo courtesy of Reuters/Adrees Latif With an apparent compromise this week between the government and the red shirt demonstrators camped out in Bangkok for months, Thailand’s political crisis appe…

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December 1, 2010

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…


June 9, 2011

Thailand’s Elections: Resolution or Implosion?

Thailand’s general elections in July could mark a crucial step toward reconciliation but are likely to fuel further resentments that have roiled the country and eroded regional stability, says CFR’s …

July 20, 2010

The Return of Asian High Growth?

Vivek Prakash/courtesy Reuters Buried in the business section of the New York Times on Thursday, after pages of encomiums to George Steinbrenner, was a story that should have gotten more attention: …

Searchlights beam off the site of the Marina Bay Sands integrated resort in Singapore

April 12, 2010

Reform, Not Revolution, for Thailand

The once-prosperous democratic ally of the United States faces continuing upheaval unless the elite and opposition agree to political reforms and a frank debate about the future of its monarchy, writ…

March 1, 2012

Thailand’s Collapsing Peace: Part II

The Nation (the Thailand version) has an article today noting that Suranand Vejjajiva, who was the Prime Minister’s Office Minister in previous Thaksin Shinawatra governments, has now begun playing a…

The return of Suranand Vejjajiva is seen as a signal that Thaksin Shinawatra (above) is poised to return to Thailand.

March 24, 2010

Bangkok Protests: Reading Beyond the Red

Can Thailand get out of its seemingly intractable political crisis, now going on five years and counting? Thousands of red-clad protestors remain camped out on the streets of Bangkok, railing against…

November 3, 2010

Myanmar’s Elections Offer Glimmer of Change

Myanmar’s military junta made sure the country’s first elections in twenty years will favor the regime, but the polls still offer prospects for independent, civilian voices to emerge, says CFR’s Josh…