The Thai monarchy and Thailand’s politics

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.

Thailand’s network military?

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

The spectre of succession

Royal transition and political stability in Thailand.

What’s going on in Thailand?

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

Guardian of the kingdom

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

Death of a monarch or an oligarch?

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

The lost kingdom

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

Managing the death of King Bhumibol

Why the death of Thailand's long-ruling monarch has not translated into a clear national moment of mass grief.

Politics of the interregnum

As a historic reign ends, what reason is there for Thailand’s lese majeste laws?

Thailand’s top ten after Bhumibol

The key personalities after the reign of Rama IX.

Speaking of the succession

The long-term legacies and paralysing effects of Thailand’s harsh lese majeste laws, particularly as one reign ends and another begins.

The myth of King Bhumibol

Often called revered, Thailand's King Bhumibol was a divisive and negative force for Thailand's politics and democracy writes Lee Jones.

Thai royalist holds a portrait of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Photo by EPA/ Rungroj Yongrit.

Thailand’s succession: rolling coverage

New Mandala scours the globe for news on the succession and offers its insight on Thai royal politics.

What is King Bhumibol’s legacy?

New Mandala co-founder Nicholas Farrelly reflects on a remarkable and contentious reign.

Religion after the referendum

Why Thailand's new constitution could lead to greater religious tension and violence.

Prachatai journalist charged by junta

More worrying signs for media freedom in Thailand.

The real meaning of Thailand’s referendum

Why the country's latest constitution will be short-lived.

Will bombs burst Thailand’s tourism bubble?

A strike at the heart of the country's economy.


A new breed of terror in Thailand

How a ballot and blasts are playing havoc with the country’s domestic politics.

A vague vote and uncertain future

The ambiguous meanings behind Thailand’s referendum result.

Violence in Thailand’s Deep South

Will we see more violence from Deep South insurgents?

Thai blasts a wake-up call for peace?

Latest attacks may relate to stalled peace talks between insurgents and state.

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?