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September 18, 2006

Democracy
A Conversation with Thaksin Shinawatra

Watch Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra discuss democracy in Asia.

April 17, 2012

Thailand
When Will Thaksin Return?

A spate of articles over the past week has highlighted the growing possibility that former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra will soon return to Thailand from exile. During a recent visit to Laos, ju…

Former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra greets the media upon his arrival at the Siem Reap International Airport in Cambodia, April 14, 2012. Thailand's fugitive former premier Thaksin took some small but symbolic steps towards the fringes of his homeland on Wednesday after five years in exile.

August 16, 2011

Thailand
Thaksin Closer to Coming Back?

Thailand's former premier Thaksin Shinawatra greets journalists outside his home in Dubai (Jumana El Heloueh/Courtesy Reuters). This week’s news that, only one week after Thaksin Shinawatra’s si…

Thailand’s former premier Thaksin Shinawatra greets journalists outside his home in Dubai.

April 24, 2012

Thailand
More on Thaksin’s Imminent Return

Over at New Mandala, there is a detailed report by longtime correspondent Nick Nostitz of Thaksin Shinawatra’s visit to Cambodia during the Thai New Year. For followers of Thailand and Indochinese po…

Former Thai prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra (front L), welcomes his supporters during a ceremony in Siem Reap province, Cambodia, April 14, 2012.

September 21, 2011

Thailand
Thaksin Coming Back: Now What?

Thailand's red shirt protester holds pictures of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra during a rally at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok September 18, 2011 (Sukree Sukplang/Courtesy Reuters…

Thailand’s red shirt protester holds pictures of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra during a rally at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok September 18, 2011.

March 9, 2010

Thailand
What’s Rallying Thaksin’s Supporters?

In the wake of the February 26 court decision seizing the majority of former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s assets, the whole Thai political class is wondering what happens next, and Thaksi…

February 26, 2010

Thailand
Report from Thailand: Thaksin’s Return?

As a stay this week in Chiang Mai has shown me, Thaksin Shinawatra, the former Thai prime minister forced out by a coup in 2006, isn’t going away as a political force. Chiang Mai and the North are Th…

October 15, 2018

Southeast Asia
Bolsonaro Ascendant II: More Lessons From Rodrigo Duterte’s Rise

Last week, following Jair Bolsonaro’s performance in the first round of Brazil’s presidential elections, when bolson exceeded predictions and won 46 percent of the first round vote, this column exami…

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August 30, 2018

Southeast Asia
Khaki Capital: The Political Economy of the Military in Southeast Asia—A Review

After taking power in a coup in 2014, Thailand’s military junta made multiple promises of how they would change the kingdom. They vowed to clean up corruption, which supposedly had spiked under the Y…

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April 11, 2018

Southeast Asia
Thailand’s Lessons for Democratic Regression: A Review of “Owners of the Map”

It may be hard to believe now, as blustery generals run Thailand, the army busts up gatherings of political opponents, and junta rule—in one form or another—seems like it might never end, but the cou…

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