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  • Analyzing Thai Political Parties’ Taxpayer Donations

    Analyzing Thai Political Parties’ Taxpayer Donations

    The recently released data by the Election Commission of Thailand (EC) on the amount of donation each political party in Thailand received over the past year is a clear indication of how and which criteria of people are supporting each political party in Thailand. Under Thai law any tax paying citizen of the country could […]

  • Thailand’s Political Parties in Flux

    Thailand’s Political Parties in Flux

    General Wit Thephasadin Na Ayudhya has been through his fair share of Thai political party drama lately. At the start of this year, he was the chief strategist for the Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP). He then did a short stint as the head of the Thai Economics Party, the PPRP breakaway party formed by Captain […]

  • Thoughts on the Political Science Ph.D. Application Process

    Thoughts on the Political Science Ph.D. Application Process

    I wanted to write about my own experience applying for Ph.D. programs in political science, in case it is of interest to anyone else looking to pursue a similar path. I don’t claim, of course, to have any special insight into the admissions process for political science Ph.D. programs. However, now that I have just […]

  • Chadchart’s Honeymoon Period Washed Away by Rain and Flood

    Chadchart’s Honeymoon Period Washed Away by Rain and Flood

    What goes up must come down: such is the law of political gravity. For a while the Governor of Bangkok, Chadchart Sittipunt, looked like he was an all-conquering colossus who bestrode the political landscape with rockstar popularity and an electoral mandate difficult to rival. Scarcely five months after he was elected in a landslide, however, […]

  • Has Time Run Out for Thailand’s Prime Minister?

    Has Time Run Out for Thailand’s Prime Minister?

    Thailand’s Constitutional Court, the country’s highest judicial body, temporarily suspended Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha from his duties on Aug. 24. After launching a military coup in 2014, Prayuth presided over the kingdom of 70 million people. But the constitution he helped engineer after the coup limits prime ministers to eight years in power — a limit he may have […]

  • Thailand Must Take Long Covid Seriously

    Thailand Must Take Long Covid Seriously

    In the early days of the pandemic, it was common for people to talk about the day “when Covid-19 is over,” and people were daydreaming of a return to something that resembled 2019 picturing a world where people no longer had to follow any public health measures or wearing mandatory masks and hoping that the […]

  • Four Takeaways from Prime Minister Prayut’s Suspension by the Constitutional Court

    Four Takeaways from Prime Minister Prayut’s Suspension by the Constitutional Court

    In probably the biggest political news in Thailand in a long time, 2014 coup leader and incumbent Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was suspended by the Constitutional Court to undertake duties as Premier until the court delivers a ruling on his 8-year tenure. Although the final decision is set to come sometimes in September or possibly […]

  • Can Anutin Charnvirakul Become Thailand’s Next Prime Minister?

    Can Anutin Charnvirakul Become Thailand’s Next Prime Minister?

    “A man’s worth,” the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius once said, “is no greater than his ambitions.” If this is true both for people and parties, then the Bhumjai Thai party’s value is high indeed. Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, Bhumjai Thai’s leader, recently made clear his grand ambitions for the party at a rally in […]

  • New Bangkok Governor Challenges Government’s Grip on Power

    New Bangkok Governor Challenges Government’s Grip on Power

    On 1 June 2022, Chadchart Sittipunt officially assumed office as Governor of Bangkok. In doing so, he became the first figure identified with Thailand’s opposition camp to enter a prominent executive position since the military coup of May 2014. Click here to read the full piece at East Asia Forum. (Cover image credits.)

  • Dissecting Prayut’s Speech on His New Economic Strategy

    Dissecting Prayut’s Speech on His New Economic Strategy

    On July 8th, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha released a video on his Facebook page entitled “A Three-Pronged Strategy to Build the Future.” The prime minister, tieless and standing at an angle, looked more relaxed than in his usual speeches. Given that he last posted a video on his page one year ago, this content certainly […]