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May 26, 2015

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

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 …

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May 6, 2014

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…


January 27, 2014

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…

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)

December 13, 2013

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…

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)

December 11, 2012

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 …

Former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva arrives at the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) in Bangkok.

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.

June 30, 2011

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…

The World Next Week:Thailand Votes While Venezuela Wonders

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 …

May 20, 2011

Bangkok’s Bloodshed: One Year On

Anti-government ''red shirt'' protesters wear hats with pictures of toppled premier Thaksin Shinawatra as they pray during a rally at Ratchaprasong intersection at Bangkok's shopp…

Anti-government ’’red shirt’’ protesters wear hats with pictures of toppled premier Thaksin Shinawatra as they pray during a rally at Ratchaprasong intersection at Bangkok’s shopping district May 19, 2011. Thousands of