Articles by Andrew Walker

Western campaigners and lèse-majesté

We need to be careful that we don’t provide Thai ultra-royalists with exactly the image of the interfering Westerner they are seeking.

Siamese atrocities in Chiang Kham

French attitudes towards the Siamese hardened when reports arrived of "unspeakable atrocities” by Siamese troops in their repression of the Shan rebellion.

Tolerating intolerance

The cultural foundation of the lèse majesté law is the toleration of intolerance. Some anti-royalist commentators seem determined to keep that cultural foundation intact.

Upakhut in Malaysia

Arahant Upaggutta, who is believed to be still abiding in the ocean, has helped many people to overcome their troubles and problems.

Can Thailand escape its middle-income trap?

Developing physical infrastructure is relatively easily. Improving Thailand's lacklustre performance on education will be a much more daunting task.

Regional networks and the Shan rebellion

Letters seized by the French in northern Laos in 1902 cast light on the regional networks of the Shan rebellion.

Domesticating royal power

The massive yellow crowd that assembled to mark King Bhumipol’s birthday leaves no doubt that he remains an enormously potent figure in Thai public life.

Gender, sex and poetry at ANU

Chris Baker and Pasuk Phongpaichit will be exploring gender and sexuality through a discussion of their translation of an epic poem.

Bhumibol, Obama, Yingluck

Andrew Walker reflects on the political symbolism of Barack Obama's short visit to Bangkok.

Handbooks: practical and auspicious

Thailand's numerous environmental handbooks (р╕Др╕╣р╣Ир╕бр╕╖р╕н, р╕Хр╕│р╕гр╕▓) have proven to be a valuable blend of common sense, superstition and rationalist understanding.

The Village: a micro review

Far from a great novel, but The Village offers some perceptive insights into the micro-politics of rural Thailand.

Against the grain

The politics of farming are starkly different in South Korea and Thailand, but not in the way you might expect.