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May 5, 2017

Thailand Cracks Down Even Harder on the Media

Since the coup in 2014, Thailand’s climate of free speech, already previously threatened by lèse majesté prosecutions and restrictions in online speech, has gotten far chillier. The country has falle…


January 21, 2014

Thai Royalty Becomes More Openly Involved in Politics

Despite officially being a constitutional monarchy and supposedly no different than the monarchies of Britain, the Netherlands, or modern-day Japan, Thailand’s royal family has, during the reign of K…

Anti-government protesters celebrate under portraits of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit as they enter the area near the Government house in Bangkok on December 3, 2013. (Damir Sagolj/Courtesy Reuters)

September 9, 2014

U.S. Policy Options Toward Thailand

In my previous post on the rule of Prayuth Chan-ocha, I noted that, in this “hard coup,” army rule could last a considerably long time–two years, and possibly even more. Some Thai observers are sugge…


January 6, 2012

Thailand on the Edge – Again

Having just returned from Thailand, I found that the country, which nearly succeeded in destroying itself in 2010 and early 2011, seems determined to continue trying to do so in 2012. As anyone who f…

Thailand's PM Yingluck Shinawatra pays respect in front of a portrait of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Bangkok.

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…