The Question of Reconciliation

There are a few “buzzwords” in Thailand that have been very popular for a few years now. “Reform” and “reconciliation”; these are two of the main ones; politicians, generals and the media certainly enjoy sprinkling them into their speeches and slogans. In this post, I’d like to talk a little about the latter word- the […]

Thoughts on the Draft Constitution’s Rejection

With the recent rejection of the draft constitution by the now defunct National Reform Council, here are some thoughts about where the government and Thailand is headed.  The National Reform Council voted today to reject the draft constitution that had been drafted over the past few months by the Constitution Drafting Committee. The move did […]

Into the Era of Multipolarity: Thailand in the Balance

This is the third post in a multipart series analysing how the world is moving towards a multipolar era. Previously, the rise of China and the resurgence of Russia were discussed. In this post, we will analyse the position of Thailand in this transition. This is not a post that will offer answers to how Thailand […]

Junta Sailing Through Dangerous Waters

In both internal and foreign policy, the military government is facing challenges. Indeed, the junta is sailing through dangerous waters, with two important tests for the government in both internal and foreign policy.  Sunday evening, February 1. The Siam Paragon department mall is Bangkok is the busiest shopping mall in Thailand, perhaps even in mainland […]

Placing Hopes in Prime Minister Prayuth

It was rare enough to ever see General Prayuth wear something in public that was not his military uniform, and him in parliament was probably something never seen before. Only a few days later after his first address to the National Legislative Assembly, he would be nominated by that parliament as the 29th Prime Minister […]

Is the US Blundering in Thailand?

Kristie Kenney has always been a well-known, high profile ambassador. Notorious for her ‘never-ending’ childish selfies and intensely disliked by the protesters- they perceived her as being pro-Yingluck- the ambassador once again came under fire for the US embassy’s Independence Day party. Nothing about the party or the ambassador herself was particularly striking. Those that […]

Inconvenient Truths About Thailand’s Coup

The coup of the Pheu Thai government has drawn condemnation from the international community. However, many people are failing to realize many inconvenient truths about the Thai coup that show why it is more justified than what someone like John Kerry may say.  “This coup has no justification,” said John Kerry in the aftermath of […]

Thailand’s Political Battle Nears Its Endgame

The past week has been some of the most eventful Thailand has seen recently. After months and months of political stagnation, fast-turning events has seen the removal of Yingluck Shinawatra and the start of what is tantamount to a coup d’état by the PDRC. The country delves ever deeper into the ongoing power struggle, but […]

Thailand’s March 29 Antigovernment Rally

The latest mass rally in a series of huge protest marches held by the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) in Bangkok was held on March 29, as called by core leader Suthep Thaugsuban. It had the objective of marching from Lumpini Park, where the protesters have set up a fortified tent city, towards Royal Plaza and […]