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Thailand

Emerging dynamics among Southeast Asia’s Nepali diaspora

Associations and the polyvocality of social media can bring to fore diverse meanings of being in the diaspora

“Red rim soldiers”: the changing leadership of Thailand’s military in 2020

The palace is working to fill leading army positions with its own faction—the Red Rim Group.

Constitutional amendment in Thailand needs consensus first

Will the current push for amendments lead to a fairer and more participatory constitution?

The ten demands that shook Thailand

Behind the student protests for reforms to the monarchy that are shaking the century-old foundations of Thailand's political system.

Lèse-majesté’s new face hides old tricks

Modern techniques to block online criticism of Thailand's monarchy are paired with the familiar stirring of royalist-nationalist sentiment.

Moral economies: the politics of donation in Thailand under COVID-19

During the pandemic, “immodest” or ungrateful receiving by the poor has been strongly denounced both by the state and middle-class donors.

Thailand’s King Vajiralongkorn: turning back time

The king is reviving the life of his absolutist forebears while trying to bring the military under control.

“Rice for Fish”: Karen counter-narratives of self-sufficiency and Thainess

Karen-led initiatives such as "Rice for Fish" are challenging Bangkok-centric stereotypes that ethnic minorities are lazy, backwards and in need of the state's intervention.

Internet providers are helping the Thai government track down dissidents

Thai laws oblige ISPs to relinquish identifying data to authorities during criminal investigations.

Solidarity in precarity: food delivery riders in Thailand’s gig economy

The algorithms of food delivery apps incentivise riders to work harder, longer and faster—sometimes at the expense of their safety and rights.

The Patani Panopticon: biometrics in Thailand’s deep south

The collection of facial recognition data to identify separatist insurgents in the deep south will only feed distrust towards the Thai state.

Thailand’s new student hairstyle regulations still curtail bodily autonomy

ระเบียบใหม่เรื่องทรงผมนักเรียนได้เรื่องจริงหรือ?

The Royalists Marketplace: the supply and demand for dissent in Thailand

The Facebook group "Royalists Marketplace", a platform for discussion on all things monarchy, is a microcosm of burgeoning criticism against Thailand's new king.

Tourlong Thailand

Peera Songkünnatham on the military's troubled response to COVID-19, and the King's absence

Co-optation in Thailand’s 2019 election

In the 2019 election, a sizeable portion of the military proxy party’s electoral candidates were “pulled” (phalang dud) from other parties.

Universal coverage without universal testing: Thailand’s delays in access to testing may be costly

Social distancing and travel bans won’t save Thailand from COVID-19 writes Anthony C. Kuster.

The partisan history of police power in Thailand

Paul Chambers looks back at the politicisation of the Royal Thai Police, before turning to the palace's recent personalisation of authority over an institution often overshadowed by the military.

Anakot Mai: ‘lawfare’ and Future Forward Party’s legacy

Future Forward successfully convinced younger Thais to give democracy another try, argues Khemthong Tonsakulrungruang.

Looking back at Thailand’s Constitutional Court: Somchai Preechasinlapakun

Thoughts from a legal expert as the Constitutional Court prepares to rule on the dissolution of the Future Forward Party.

Thailand’s previously apolitical join the Run Against Dictatorship

Previously politically disengaged members of the population are joining organised political activity alongside older red shirt activist groups.

Defections to expulsions: Future Forward Party’s internal turmoil

"Very few MP candidates actually call themselves “true believers” in the Future Forward ideology."

A volunteer cleaning effort on Queen Sirikit's birthday in 2019 (not part of the Volunteer Spirit 904 initiative)

Cascading royal-nationalism: Bangkok’s “Volunteer Spirit 904” bootcamps

Around 3,000 public servants have volunteered to attend intensive “boot camps” at a military base in Bangkok.

How Christianity consolidated royalist, Buddhist “Thainess”

What do the late King Bhumibol and former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra have in common? They're both alumni of Catholic private schools.