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May 23, 2024

Hong Kong

May 21, 2024

Analyzing Lai Ching-te’s Inaugural Address: More Continuity Than Difference

In his inaugural address, Taiwan’s new president Lai Ching-te signaled broad continuity on cross-strait issues. China, however, is likely to respond with increased pressure. 

Taiwan's new President Lai Ching-te delivers his inaugural speech in Taipei, Taiwan on May 20, 2024.

December 19, 2023

Asia Program
Virtual Roundtable: A Conversation on the Hong Kong Legal System and the Case of Jimmy Lai

The national security trial of Jimmy Lai, founder of Apple Daily and pro-democracy activist from Hong Kong, is scheduled to take place this December. Please join our speaker, Caoilfhionn Gallagher KC…

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June 3, 2024

Thailand’s Draconian 112 Lèse-majesté Law: Any Hope for Change?

A repressive law limiting criticism of the Thai monarchy has placed the current king beyond reproach, but popular discontent with the legislation and the monarchy is growing. 

Thai King wears a white military dress uniform while carrying a sword and walking during a military procession.

May 31, 2024

Has the King of Thailand Split With Thaksin?

The king of Thailand had seemingly allied with Thailand’s most powerful civilian politician, Thaksin Shinawatra. Now, the alliance may be collapsing—again showing the vast, hidden power of the Thai m…

Former Thai prime minister stands at a gold altar with flowers and candles.

December 20, 2023

Taiwan’s 2024 Presidential Election: Analyzing William Lai’s Foreign Policy Positions

William Lai’s priorities are bolstering Taiwan’s defenses and consolidating ties with democracies. China is unlikely to pursue dialogue with Lai and would instead increase pressure on Taiwan.

Taiwan's Vice President and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate William Lai addresses the DPP annual congress in Taipei, Taiwan. 

August 14, 2023

What Now for Thai Democracy?

Pheu Thai's path to power has sullied its democratic credentials.

Thai politician wears a white shirt and stands in front of a backdrop with red, white, and blue lines on it.

May 16, 2024

Thailand’s Politics Suffer More Turbulence

The current Thai government, which assumed power in 2023, has proven ineffective in tackling the nation’s challenges, while its politics have become increasingly fractious.

Thai Foreign Minister Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara meets with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the State Department, in Washington, DC, on February 12, 2024. 

July 19, 2023

The Thai Establishment Plays with Fire

The ruling Thai establishment risks violence if it prevents the democratic opposition from taking power.

Thai Move Forward politician wears a blue blazer while sitting in a chair with his hand raised to his face.