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What now?

Three key developments to watch for in a post-Bhumibol Thailand.

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‘Excuse me, Emperor …’

Modern monarchy in the information age.

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A crown prince and German affairs

Why revealing photos of Thailand's Crown Prince are making royalists anxious.

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Magic families

Trump, the Thai Crown Prince, the balcony, the stage, and the vanishing act.

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Royal ink

Taking a closer look at Vajiralongkorn's tattoos and what they mean.

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Thailand’s long succession

The makeover of the prince-as-king

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Henry VIII of Thailand

Could playboy Prince Vajiralongkorn ever live up to his beloved predecessor?

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Can Thailand tolerate more than one form of Buddhism?

What anti-Dhammakaya sentiment says about Thai political authorities and Buddhism.

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Ritual and the demise of Thai democracy

Royal image and untold wealth leave a high price to pay for Thailand's democracy.

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What next for the theatrics of Thailand?

What Vajiralongkorn's naming as King means for Thailand's political sphere.

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Soul of a nation

Christine Gray explores connections between religion, finance and power in Thailand.

Des at the Thai border.

ANU to remember Des Ball

New Mandala invites readers to celebrate the life and career of an extraordinary scholar.

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A response to the Thai government

James L Taylor offers a counter view to Thailand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Thai government responds to New Mandala article

Sek Wannamethee rebuts James L Taylor on 'Thailand's black hole'.

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Second acts for Thaksin and Trump?

Sally Tyler examines the futures of two very divisive politicians.

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Succession snapshot: back in black

News and views of Thailand's interregnum.

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Thailand’s supreme reign

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

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Thailand’s black hole: a Deleuzian take

Mourning and micro-fascisms in Thailand.

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The return of the divine king

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

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Mourning and the Thai interregnum

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

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Thailand’s law of the mob

Lese majeste and festering cycles of forgotten violence.

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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.

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Thailand’s peculiar interregnum

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

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Thailand’s network military?

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

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The spectre of succession

Royal transition and political stability in Thailand.

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What’s going on in Thailand?

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

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Guardian of the kingdom

What Rama IX’s passing means for Thailand’s military.

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Death of a monarch or an oligarch?

Thailand's game of thrones is also a game of gold.

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The lost kingdom

Royal mortality leaves Thailand with an uncertain future, writes Sam Michael.