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What now?

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


‘Excuse me, Emperor …’

Modern monarchy in the information age.


A crown prince and German affairs

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


Magic families

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


Royal ink

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



Bombs, facts, and myths in southern Thailand

There's good reason to distrust the junta's official line on latest blasts.


Two suspects in Thailand’s blasts

Why Malay insurgents and radical Red Shirts may be the culprits.

Decades of dominance and a junta’s demise

Thailand referendum installs military for the long haul, opens door for their downfall?


Dim prospects for Thailand’s democracy

Expect more deadlock in the wake of referendum vote.


A vicious cycle of coups and constitutions

Contextualising the Thai referendum.

Thailand meeting of the 2015 national budget

Thailand’s referendum roadblock

The false and serious business of Thailand’s constitutional vote.


Thai authorities target critic’s wife

Andrew MacGregor Marshall's wife held by police in Bangkok.


Thailand’s hidden republican tradition

Surprisingly, Thailand has one of Asia's oldest republican movements.

Photo by Piti A Sahakorn/LightRocket via Getty Images

Thai youth activism rekindling hope

How new movements could bring back democracy.

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.


Red and Yellow in Germany

Photo Essay | A new frontline in Thailand's political crisis.


Graft games

How corruption fuels Southeast Asia's democratic deficit.


Online media and repressive regimes

New Mandala, Thailand's political crisis and the limits of the Internet.

Prayuth stop human trafficking day

Thailand must end trafficking of all migrant workers

Slavery in seafood industry just one part of a broader problem.


Committing to open academic spaces in Thailand

The ICTS13 organising committee responds to questions about their conference in July 2017 and academic freedom.

The King is (nearly) dead: long live the King?

What the royal succession will mean for Thai elite politics.


Ending labour abuse at sea

Reform leads to dramatic changes in Thailand’s fisheries, but will it last?


Slavery and seafood

Is reform of fisheries and labour laws enough, asks Douglas Macfarlane.


Questions about international conferences in Thailand in 2017

Thongchai Winichakul asks important questions about upcoming academic events.


The school in the middle

Zachary Abuza on the madrassah behind Thailand's Islamic insurgency.