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Thailand’s fairest reform?

Would giving voters a "none of the above" option help to break Thailand's persistent cycle of political conflict?

Myanmar Foreign Minister and State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi toasts with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha during an MoU ceremony at the government house in Bangkok

Keeping friends close, Thailand closer

Myanmar must be on guard for political crises across the border.


A crown prince and German affairs

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


Graft games

How corruption fuels Southeast Asia's democratic deficit.

25 OCTOBER 2015

Suthep’s romantic tale

What better way to celebrate Valentine's day than feasting on Suthep's classic tale of love and villainy.

25 OCTOBER 2015

Suthep’s romantic tale

What better way to celebrate Valentine's day than feasting on Suthep's classic tale of love and villainy.



Challenging times for Thai tourism

Can Thailand maintain its reputation as a safe destination?


Thailand’s new politics and a double wrecking ball

Christine Gray on Thaksin, the Crown Prince and the shake up of the old regime.


The myth of the popcorn gunman

Nick Nostitz reflects on the sentencing of one of the Laksi shooters.


Ritualism and the erosion of human rights

States in the Asia-Pacific increasingly pay lip service to protections they sign up to.

epa04253152 Thai army chief and junta head General Prayuth Chan-ocha smile as he leave after the meeting of the 2015 national budget at the Army Club in Bangkok, Thailand, 13 June 2014. Thailand's army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha seized power with a coup d'etat on 22 May 2014 and placed the country under martial law. He said an interim government is expected to be formed within the next three months after he seized power on 22 May, saying the coup was necessary to restore order after more than six months of street protests resulting in terrorist attacks and a political gridlock. He vowed to appoint a prime minister once peace is restored, to enact political reforms and hold elections within about 15 months.  EPA/NARONG SANGNAK

Thailand’s iron fist and an academic’s family

Pavin Chachavalpongpun on the abuse he and his family are facing from military rulers.


The Thai princess and her loo by the lake

When nature calls waste is no issue for a royal.


Survey of Thai Internet use and restrictions

University of Washington study seeks your input.

Human rights. Indonesia 2009. Photo: Josh Estey

Region’s human rights watchdogs lack bite

National institutions aren't protecting anyone, new report shows.


Silencing by means of “superstition”

Baby dolls, black magic and power in Thailand.


Life under Thailand’s 2016 constitution

Loyal servants deliver junta's requested template for rule.

The trouble with Thailand’s new democracy

Anti-junta movement needs to expand in order to dismantle dictatorship, writes Jim Taylor.


Buddhist politics and Thailand’s dangerous path

Why a weakening religion is getting more hardline.


Democratic contraction in Southeast Asia

Bridget Welsh surveys the rise of a worrying trend in the region.

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New Mandala’s 2015 in review (and Christmas dance)

Scandals, succession, secret payments and more; here are our top articles for the year, and some festive dancing.


Madness and loyalty in Thailand

Despite the saying, the dogs will always bite you, writes Chatwadee Rose Amornpat.

Thailand's Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn waves to crowd as he cycles in the "Bike for Dad" event in Bangkok

Dog v dog: Theatrics of the Thai interregnum

Latest lese majeste case a double warning, writes Christine Gray.


A state of madness

The insidious creep of fascism in contemporary Thailand.


Pluralism imperiled in Southeast Asia

Rise of identity politics could mean more violence.

Benedict Anderson and Dr. Niall ├У Dochartaigh at NUI Galway

Photograph by Aengus McMahon

Ben Anderson: the one and only

Ariel Heryanto pays tribute to the late scholar and his ongoing legacy.


Public lectures and protecting the King

Pavin Chachavalpongpun heckled by Thai ultra-royalists during Yale University talk.


The last king of Thailand?

Chatwadee Rose Amornpat on why Thailand's monarchy needs to change.


Turning the tide on Thailand’s human trafficking

Will reform initiatives be able to stop a dangerous trade?

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Royalty and democracy in Thailand

New Mandala co-founder Nicholas Farrelly takes a look at the monarchy's ongoing role in politics.


Still better than Thaksin?

The Thai junta hasn’t rid the country of dodgy politicians; it’s simply taken their place.