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August 10, 2011

Thailand
Yingluck’s Appointees

Members of Thailand's new cabinet take a group photo at the Government House in Bangkok August 10, 2011. (Chaiwat Subprasom/Courtesy Reuters) New Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is not e…

Members of Thailand’s new cabinet take a group photo at the Government House in Bangkok August 10, 2011.

September 18, 2017

Thailand
With Yingluck Gone, What Now for Thai Politics?

Throughout this past summer, Thai politicians, journalists, and other opinion leaders waited anxiously for the conclusion of the trial of former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who was removed by…

Yingluck supporters_8.25.2017

August 24, 2017

Thailand
Thailand’s Enforced Calm Could Collapse After Yingluck Trial

On Friday, former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will hear the verdict in her trial over allegedly neglecting management of a massive rice subsidy plan. She oversaw the rice subsidy during h…

Yingluck_Thailand_8.1.2017

September 18, 2006

Democracy
A Conversation with Thaksin Shinawatra

Watch Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra discuss democracy in Asia.

November 6, 2013

Thailand
Left With No Bad Moves to Make, Yingluck Makes the Right One

Today Thailand time, after not only the opposition Democrats but also many members of her own coalition expressed fury at Thailand’s proposed amnesty bill, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s govern…

A protester holds a banner as thousands gather against the amnesty bill in Bangkok's central business district on November 6, 2013. The Thai Senate will likely reject an amnesty bill critics say is aimed at bringing back convicted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra from exile, the Senate Speaker said on Wednesday, a move that could defuse rising tension on the streets of Bangkok. (Damir Sagolj/Courtesy Reuters)

June 5, 2019

Thailand
The Military Wins Big in Thailand

Prayuth Chan-ocha led the 2014 military coup and will now lead the country as civilian prime minister after this week’s parliamentary vote. But the military will still dominate politics.

Prayuth Chan-ocha wears a white military uniform.

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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May 21, 2019

Southeast Asia
Anand Panyarachun and The Making of Modern Thailand: A Review

By Petra Desatova Anand Panyarachun, the former prime minister of Thailand and a long-time central figure in Thai politics, belongs to an old generation of Thai technocrats, who shaped Thailand’s …

Anand Panyarachun

May 8, 2019

Southeast Asia
The Impact of the Coronation of King Vajiralongkorn

By Pavin Chachavalpongpun and Joshua Kurlantzick The coronation of King Vajiralongkorn of Thailand, held last weekend, was the first crowning of a Thai sovereign since that of his father, the late…

Vajiralongkorn_5.5.2019

March 6, 2019

Southeast Asia
Thailand’s Election Dirty Tricks

In the run-up to Thailand’s elections, to be held on March 24, there was an initial burst of media attention around the possibility that Princess Ubolratana, the older sister of Thailand’s King Rama …

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