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Thailand

Exposing Victoria’s Secret—and the NCPO’s graft

The raid against Victoria’s Secret was orchestrated by a group within the state that is opposing the growing influence of the Kampol–Chai–Somyot network.

Thailand Mapped กำเนิดเมืองไทยจากแผนที่

‘Thainess’ only truly laid down its roots at the end of the 1970s. ความเป็นไทยหรือการเป็นคนไทยเพิ่งจะลงหลักปักฐานจริงๆก็ในปลายทศวรรษ 1970 เท่านั้นเอง

A conversation with Thanathorn, Future Forward Party founder

Thanathorn has made clear that the Future Forward Party has no intentions of being a Pheu Thai shadow.

A letter from the Thailand editor จดหมายจากบรรณาธิการ

To say that events are heating up in Thailand would be an understatement.

Cat Yen is our Thailand editor

A booster shot of on-the-ground expertise for New Mandala's coverage of Thailand.

Southeast Asia’s middle classes and the spectre of authoritarianism

Geopolitics is a factor in the resilience of authoritarianism in the region. Often ignored, though, is the enduring pull of anti-democratic politics for the middle class.

From battlefield to marketplace on the Thai–Myanmar border

Thai–Myanmar relations are on the up. But what happens to the large and still-marginalised migrant communities in Thai border towns like Mae Sot?

Perspectives on the Past at New Mandala

Welcoming the University of Sydney's Southeast Asian history bloggers to New Mandala.

Claudio Sopranzetti on ‘Owners of the Map’

New Books in Southeast Asian Studies talks to Claudio Sopranzetti about his monograph on the political role of Bangkok's motorbike taxi drivers.

Thailand in 2018: no neat exit strategy for junta

The status quo isn't sustainable, but none of the likely exit strategies for the junta will give it what it wants.

Introducing the Association for Mainland Southeast Asia Scholars (AMSEAS)

New association "seeks to foster and facilitate opportunities for the advancement of research and knowledge relevant to Mainland Southeast Asia."

Rethinking Southeast Asian civil society

It’s past time for us to ditch simplistic ideas of “civil society” and its relationship with democracy in the region.

Two critical takes after the royal cremation

Patrick Jory and Tyrell Haberkorn on the cremation of King Bhumibol.

Southeast Asian cyberspace: politics, censorship, polarisation

The internet is both a factor in, and a victim of, the region’s crisis of democracy.

Farewelling King Bhumibol in Munich

Snapshots from the Thai community's marking of King Rama IX's cremation.

Two Thai views on the Royal Cremation

Two Thai scholars on what the weekend's cremation of King Bhumibol signifies for Thailand.

Old dominance, new dominoes in Southeast Asia

Democracy in the region finds itself in dark days. Can anything save it?

Posing with the king’s body

Some thoughts on the paradoxes of kingly imagery and (in)visibility in the age of Vajiralongkorn.

Phaptawan Suwannakudt’s ‘Retold-Untold Stories’

On gender, art and Southeast Asia

Capturing Yingluck

Nick Nostitz reflects on photographing the political rise and fall of Thailand's first female PM.

A year after referendum, only bad news about Thailand’s constitution

The new constitution leaves booby traps for any incoming civilian government.