Thailand in Crisis

Since the rise of Thaksin Shinawatra to power in 2001, Thailand has been engulfed in a twenty year political crisis. ‘Thailand in Crisis’ is a series of articles that seeks to chronicle these events.

An Introduction: an introduction to the goal of the series.

1. Setting the Stage: Thaksin’s entrance into politics during the turbulent democratic period of the 1990s and the drafting of the 1997 constitution.

2. The Rise of Thaksin: Thaksin’s 2001 election victory and his rise to the premiership.

3. Thaksinomics: How Thaksin’s economic policies allowed him to earn rural support.

4. Thaksinocracy: How Thaksin consolidated his political power to an unprecedented degree for an elected prime minister.

5. The 2006 Coup: The coup d’état that removed Thaksin from power and the drafting of the 2007 constitution.

6. Nominee Governmentsthe premierships of Samak Sundaravej and Somchai Wongsawat, and the yellow shirt protests.

7. Battlefield in Bangkok: Abhisit Vejjajiva’s premiership and the red shirt protests.

8. Amnesty and Anarchy: the rise and fall of Yingluck Shinawatra and the PDRC protests.

9. The 2014 Coup: The coup d’état that brought Prayut to power and the drafting of the 2016 constitution.

Unanswered Questions: what is the path forward for Thailand?