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  • On Innovation and State Capability

    On Innovation and State Capability

    Today is my last day as a researcher at the Thailand Development Research Institute, and I wanted to write up some of my thoughts to wrap up my time here. The year that I spent at TDRI has also been very impactful in shaping how I approach the problems that face Thailand. In particular, I […]

  • Thailand in the Age of Deglobalization and Great Power Competition

    Thailand in the Age of Deglobalization and Great Power Competition

    “We are living in a world that is not an extension of the past,” a Japanese policy statement recently declared. “The novel coronavirus infection,” it observes, “has transformed the world,” while “Russia’s aggression against Ukraine has shaken the very foundations of the international order.”  This is a common theme from Japan’s policymakers. Its prime minister, Kishida […]

  • The Government’s Inflation Woes

    The Government’s Inflation Woes

    The leader of the Thai Pakdee Party, Warong Dechgitvigrom, recently posted a photo of himself at a gas station in Australia. “Gas prices in Australia are not cheap,” he said. “In Thailand, the government is still helping reduce the price.”  Netizens swamped his post, pointing out that even if gas prices are higher in Australia, […]

  • Political Minefield Awaits Prayut Government

    Political Minefield Awaits Prayut Government

    Note: This piece was published on June 1st. The government has since survived the first reading of the budget. As the dust settled on the Bangkok gubernatorial elections, Captain Thammanat Promphao wrote a curiously phrased post on his Facebook page. “Congratulations to everyone in our family who won council seats in several districts” he wrote. […]

  • No New Dawn of ‘Moderate Politics’ in Thailand

    No New Dawn of ‘Moderate Politics’ in Thailand

    In the days since Chadchart Sittipunt overwhelmingly won the Bangkok gubernatorial election, it has become fashionable for pundits to say that this represents a victory for moderate politics in Thailand.  A Bangkok Post editorial announced that “the result serves as a huge victory for people of a moderate political stance…voters made it clear they are […]

  • Five Takeaways from the Bangkok Elections

    Five Takeaways from the Bangkok Elections

    Bangkok held its first local elections since 2013, with voters casting their ballots for Bangkok governor and the Bangkok Metropolitan Council. Here are five takeaways from the results. Click here to read the full piece at Thai Enquirer. (Cover image credits)

  • Closing Thoughts on the Bangkok Elections

    Closing Thoughts on the Bangkok Elections

    This is not really a coherent piece, but I wanted to jot down some of my closing thoughts now that we are entering the last leg of the Bangkok gubernatorial election. Firstly, if you’re still undecided, I’d like to humbly point towards the voter guide that I put together for Thai Enquirer last month. Thai […]

  • Don’t Overlook the Bangkok Metropolitan Council Elections

    Don’t Overlook the Bangkok Metropolitan Council Elections

    With only a few more days to go before the Bangkok gubernatorial election, the candidates for governor have, understandably, monopolized media attention and public interest. These candidates, after all, are the heavy-hitters — the big names who are running to be the city’s chief executive.  Of comparatively little interest is the down-ballot race (or, to […]

  • Why Pad Kaprao is Thailand’s Real National Dish

    Why Pad Kaprao is Thailand’s Real National Dish

    In Berkeley, California, one of the most popular Thai restaurants is a little place called Thai Basil. It is popular probably not because of the taste — with my admittedly picky Thai taste buds, most of the dishes are decidedly mediocre, except they do cook a glorious Pad See Ew — but because it sits […]

  • A Summary of Thailand’s Economic Challenges

    A Summary of Thailand’s Economic Challenges

    Kiatnakin Phatra recently released a a book called 50 Years: The Making of the Modern Thai Economy to commemorate the 50th anniversary of their founding. The book summarizes key developments in Thailand’s economic history since the Second World War, and it’s certainly useful reference material if you have any interest in economics or development in […]