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August 5, 2019

Southeast Asia
Pressure Increases on Thai Activists Abroad

Over the past two years, and even as Thailand has made a transition from junta rule to, now, some kind of hybrid rule, following hotly contested but unfair elections, Thai activists living abroad hav…

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha attends the 2019 National Anti-Trafficking in Persons Day at a Convention Center in Bangkok, Thailand, June 5, 2019.

January 24, 2020

Southeast Asia
Thailand’s Political Treadmill Keeps Running

This week, Thailand’s constitutional court found Thailand’s Future Forward Party, one of the two most prominent opposition parties, not guilty of conspiring to overthrow the monarchy. This verdict ke…

Thailand's opposition Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit speak to his party supporters during a news conference after the Constitutional Court ruled that key figures of the opposition Future Forward Party were not guilty of opposing the monarchy, at the party's headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand on January 21, 2020.

January 14, 2020

Taiwan
All Sound and No Fury? Will The Trump Administration Get Tough on Currency in April?

A number of Asian countries could be designated as manipulators in the U.S. Treasury's April foreign exchange report. And unlike the politically motivated designation of China last summer, there woul…

All Sound and No Fury? Will The Trump Administration Get Tough on Currency in April?

January 8, 2020

Southeast Asia
Thailand’s Press Warms to Chinese State Media

In a country ruled for much of the 2010s by a repressive military junta, and where information about powerful actors can be dangerous to dig up, Khao Sod has built a reputation as one of the most res…

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) shakes hands with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha (R) at Government House in Bangkok, Thailand on July 24, 2017.

December 16, 2019

Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia Stories to Watch in 2020: Part 1

1. Continuing Political Regression In recent weeks, Southeast Asia’s authoritarian drift has continued, with several notable events. The Thai government moved to ban the opposition Future Forward …

Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks on the second day of hearings in a case filed against Myanmar alleging genocide against the Muslim Rohingya population, at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands on December 11, 2019.

May 28, 2019

Southeast Asia
Prem Tinsulanonda’s Legacy—and the Failures of Thai Politics Today

By Pavin Chachavalpongpun and Joshua Kurlantzick General Prem Tinsulanonda, the former army chief, long-time prime minister (1980–1988), and head of the palace’s Privy Council, passed away on May …

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February 13, 2019

Southeast Asia
What the Turmoil in Thailand Reveals About the Thai Monarchy

By Pavin Chachavalpongpun Thai politics continues to be drawn along the monarchy’s fault lines, following the recent dramatic events, which exposed deep conflicts between opposing monarchical fact…

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October 22, 2019

Southeast Asia
Thailand’s King Consolidates Power—Stripping His Consort of Titles is Just a Tiny Fraction of His Increasing Power

Earlier this week, Thailand’s King Vajiralongkorn stripped his consort of all her titles, claiming that she had been disloyal and was essentially trying to take the place of the king. He had only app…

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn and General Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi, the royal consort, pose at the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand, in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters August 27, 2019.

July 11, 2018

Southeast Asia
The Thai Junta Wins Back the World

More than four years after Thailand’s military seized power in a coup, the nineteenth coup or coup attempt in the kingdom since the end of the absolute monarchy in 1932, the country still seems far f…

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March 23, 2018

Southeast Asia
Can Thanathorn Be a Savior of Thai Politics? Part 2

Much remains unknown about the young leader of one of Thailand’s newest political parties ahead of the promised 2019 elections.

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