What Next for Thailand?

Millions watched as the Great Victory chariot, carrying the royal urn of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, was pulled through the streets of Bangkok towards the glittering royal crematorium. Troops marched in perfect unison to the tune of the late king’s musical compositions, along with members of the royal family and government. Hundreds of thousands of mourners […]

Why Yingluck Is Wrong on the Rice Pledging Policy

On August 1, 2017, former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra delivered a tearful closing statement to the Thai Supreme Court. The case in question: negligence and corruption in the Yingluck administration’s flagship policy, the rice pledging scheme. Yingluck declared that the policy was “honest and correct” and pled that the court dismiss the case. I think […]

The Story of Thai Democracy: From Thaksin to Today

This post is the tenth post in the series ‘The Story of Thai Democracy’, where I’ll be covering the political history of Thailand since the transition from absolute to constitutional monarchy. You can read the previous posts in this series here. In 2001, a seminar was being held at Thammasat University, discussing the recent election victory […]

Welfare State Woes

What do Mitch McConnell and Prayut Chan-o-cha have in common? Not much at first glance. One is the Republican Senate Majority Leader of the United States, a masterful tactician who many in Washington fear. The other is the prime minister of Thailand, who came to power by means of a coup and is now preparing […]

The Story of Thai Democracy: An Introduction

With a few free weeks ahead of me, I’ve been considering embarking on a writing project a little more expansive than just single blog posts. I’ve been asking myself: what is something that I’m passionate about but never had the chance to really discuss? What is something that I feel is really important that I […]