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Thailand

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 dominos 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.

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.

Letter from colleagues of Prof Chayan

An open letter to General Prayut Chan-ocha, signed by 418 concerned scholars.

Trump’s White House and Thailand’s autocratic descent

The Washington–Bangkok rapprochement permanently threatens Thailand’s already struggling democracy.

Thailand’s triple threat

Nicholas Farrelly's new Lowy Institute paper explores the tensions beneath the surface of Thailand's military–monarchy 'survival pact'.

Dear Princess Bajrakitiyabha

The UNODC’s ambassador for rule of law in Southeast Asia might consider focusing her advocacy on those locked up for criticising her family and its pets.

Panel on ‘Thailand’s triple threat: culture, politics, and security’

Experts discuss Nicholas Farrelly's Lowy Institute paper on the outlook for Thailand's junta.

Thailand’s 2010 crackdowns: truth for justice

A major civil society fact-finding report on the 2010 anti-Red Shirt crackdown is now available in English.

Despotic urbanism in Thailand

How the junta's urban development plans target the poor and their politics.

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Last orders in Bangkok

The creativity, informality, and disorderliness of Bangkok's street vendors couldn't survive the junta's impulses for social control.

Film review: By The Time It Gets Dark/ดาวคะนอง

Anocha Suwichakornpong's new film haunts long after the credits are over.

Kingdom of fear (and favour)

Pavin Chachavalpongpun: Vajiralongkorn has been ruthless in consolidating his position within Thailand's ruling elite.

The irony of integrity

Why Phra Dhammajayo does not turn himself in.