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Thailand

Leadership does matter: Thailand’s COVID-19 response

Citizen trust in Thailand’s political system has been seriously affected by the problems in the handling of the pandemic.

An absence felt: Thai foreign policy’s decade of retrenchment

...more critical than leadership or domestic politics in accounting for Thailand’s decade of foreign policy retrenchment is...regional and geopolitics.

Weaponising COVID-19

The 2020 Protest posed an existential threat to the Thai state. The government of Prayuth Chan-ocha has enlisted every available weapon to fight back, including COVID-19.

Thai Update 2021: Crisis management and long-term implications

The economy, and domestic and foreign policy will be in sharp focus at the Thai Update 2021 at The Australian National University (ANU).

NBSEAS discusses “Uneasy Military Encounters” with Ruth Streicher

Streicher spent time researching this troubled region talking to local civilians, activists, journalists, academics, as well as military conscripts and senior officers.

Protests and Pandemics: Civil Society Mobilisation in Thailand and the Philippines

...creating spaces for civil society should be integral to post-pandemic recovery and reconstruction plans.

Thai Workers against Dictatorship?

If the goal is to begin anew the unfinished political project of an equal society, it is thus crucial for democracy activists to secure broader support for the movement.

Heaven Doesn’t Divide—Why This Gulf?

Morlam song practices still resound, even if criminalised, depoliticised and silenced.

NBSEAS: “Future Forward: The Rise and Fall of a Thai Political Party”

Duncan McCargo and Anyarat Chattharakul have analysed the stunning rise and fall of this party in their co-authored book.

Thailand’s COVID-19 prisons outbreak: time for an early release?

Large COVID outbreaks in prisons are only a part of a bigger problem in terms of the state overlooking the welfare of prisoners.

Stopping anti-union discrimination in Thailand

Anti-union discrimination supported by the state, fragmentation of Thai enterprises, and a paternalistic regime all contribute to low levels of unionisation.

“Thank you for seeing our worth”: amid a pandemic, Redshirts joined Thailand’s youth-led protests

Resistance in Ubon Ratchathani has historically endured repression and recently pandemic

Bussaraporn Thongchai’s work draws on her experiences with women victims of human trafficking

The subjects of the drawings are "always conscious of being different and an outsider, a target of racial vilification, a slave."

A censored thesis then a defamation lawsuit: academic freedom in Thailand

Dr Nattapoll's case is part of a broader pattern of SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) cases.

The Thai Navy’s ‘no-response response’ to the proposed re-establishment of the US First Fleet

The re-establishment of the First Fleet holds significant implications for Thailand’s small navy.

The gentrification of Chulalongkorn University

On the displacement of the traditional communities and vendors who reside on land owned by Thailand's oldest university.

From ‘being Thai’ to ‘being human’: Thailand’s protests and redefining the nation

The People’s Party 2020 is redefining the nation by withdrawing the condition of "Thainess".

The pro-democracy monks joining Thailand’s protests

"The protesting monks question the Sangha Council’s silence toward radical right-wing monks but relentless effort to suppress democratically minded ones."

Thailand’s protests and preventing a ‘second 6 October’

The rising wave of peaceful protests in Thailand has reached a critical juncture where the state’s response will determine whether another event of mass bloodshed is written into Thai history.

Division and unity: anticipating the regime’s response to Thailand’s protests

Pro-democracy groups have taken to the streets in the past, only to see agents provocateurs and royalist reactionaries mobilised to generate confrontation and violence.

Thailand’s network monarchy revisited

Monarchy network data revealed through Yoshinori Nishizaki’s research explains one of the pivotal moments in modern Thai history, writes Craig Reynolds.

Corruption and power plays in the Royal Thai Navy’s new leadership

In the wake of the annual military reshuffle, the dominant faction in the Royal Thai Navy is facing a juncture due to two recent corruption scandals.

The constitutional rot behind Thailand’s emergency decree

Constitutional rot can eventually lead to a full-blown crisis where no one obeys the highest laws of the land, descending into a perfect chaos.

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