Succession snapshot: back in black

News and views of Thailand's interregnum.


Thailand’s supreme reign

Will Thailand ever have democracy as long as it has a monarchy?


Professor, speak up and make a difference

The crucial role that academics need to play in speaking truth to troubling political power.

Mourners gather outside of the Grand Palace to sing for a recording of the royal anthem in honour of Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, in Bangkok

Thailand’s black hole: a Deleuzian take

Mourning and micro-fascisms in Thailand.


The return of the divine king

Has the centre of Thailand's cosmos shifted back to the palace after King Bhumibol's death?


Mourning and the Thai interregnum

New sites of symbolic battle after King Bhumibol’s death.


Thailand’s law of the mob

Lese majeste and festering cycles of forgotten violence.

Umaporn Sarasat kneels before the late King Bhumibol.

The cult of a dead king 

A Thai charged with lese majeste explains why her fellow citizens are quick to attack those who dare question the monarchy.


Thailand’s peculiar interregnum

Why Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn hasn't been declared King Rama X and what the interregnum means.


Thailand’s network military?

After succession, the junta could evolve towards a regime far less dependent on hyper-royalism.


The spectre of succession

Royal transition and political stability in Thailand.


What’s going on in Thailand?

The succession struggle isn’t over yet, writes Andrew MacGregor Marshall.