Thailand in Crisis: Unanswered Questions

Thailand’s current political crisis has lasted almost two decades. Three constitutions, two military coups, seven prime ministers, extreme political polarization, numerous color-coded protests and endless turmoil: it is the story of a crisis that has engulfed Thailand in both chaos and tragedy, involved all from the elite to the masses, and still shows no clear …

Thailand in Crisis: The 2014 Coup

This post is the ninth post in the series ‘Thailand in Crisis’, covering the political history of Thailand in the 21st century. You can see the rest of the project here. By May 2014, Thailand was essentially anarchic. Yingluck Shinawatra had been removed from office by the courts and was replaced by a relatively unknown cabinet …

Thailand in Crisis: Amnesty and Anarchy

This post is the eighth post in the series ‘Thailand in Crisis’, covering the political history of Thailand in the 21st century. You can see the rest of the project here. When the results rolled in after the polls closed on July 3rd, 2011, one could be forgiven for thinking they had watched this movie before. …

Thailand in Crisis: Battlefield in Bangkok

This post is the seventh post in the series ‘Thailand in Crisis’, covering the political history of Thailand in the 21st century. You can see the rest of the project here. “I know that for the past 2-3 years the pictures and images that you have seen of Thailand has not been positive…I know [people] recall …

Thailand in Crisis: Nominee Governments

This post is the sixth post in the series ‘Thailand in Crisis’, covering the political history of Thailand in the 21st century. You can see the rest of the project here. In 2007, The Economist described the generals who staged the 2006 military coup as resembling “Arnold Schwarzenegger battling the indestructible, shape-shifting cyborg in “Terminator 2”. …

Thailand in Crisis: The 2006 Coup

This post is the fifth post in the series ‘Thailand in Crisis’, covering the political history of Thailand in the 21st century. You can see the rest of the project here. Sonthi Boonyaratglin, the commander in chief of the Thai military, claimed that once while dining with Thaksin Shinawtra, the prime minister had asked him whether …

Thailand in Crisis: Thaksinocracy

This post is the fourth post in the series ‘Thailand in Crisis’, covering the political history of Thailand in the 21st century. You can see the rest of the project here. As prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra was a self-professed admirer of the longtime Singaporean leader Lee Kuan Yew. According to Lee, Thaksin told him that …

Thailand in Crisis: Thaksinomics

This post is the third post in the series ‘Thailand in Crisis’, covering the political history of Thailand in the 21st century. You can see the rest of the project here. To understand the immense popularity of Thaksin’s premiership, his economic platforms are key. A company is a country. A country is a company. They …

Thailand in Crisis: The Rise of Thaksin

This post is the second post in the series ‘Thailand in Crisis’, covering the political history of Thailand in the 21st century. You can see the rest of the project here. At a seminar at Harvard University, Abhisit Vejjajiva recalled telling then-Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai that he could not think of a time a government …

Thailand in Crisis: Setting the Stage

This post is the first post in the series ‘Thailand in Crisis’, covering the political history of Thailand in the 21st century. You can see the rest of the project here. Why has Thailand since the dawn of the 21st century been in an almost permanent state of political crisis? You will get a variety …