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Thailand

Public programs weekend: Our Grandfather Road

Interact with some of the most socially-engaged and topical art produced by contemporary artists both emerging and established from the region

Suffer the children: in Thailand, children risk sexual abuse by officials charged with their care

It is in the interests of conservative and progressive Thais to develop new cultural norms and effective legal sanctions to address sexual abuse.

New Books on Southeast Asia: Chris Baker on “A History of Thailand”

This new edition contains a new chapter on Thailand's turbulent politics since 2006 and incorporates new sources and research throughout.

“Mandatory” deaths for the poor, get out of jail free card for the rich in Asia

The fact that dirty money needs to be cleaned provides opportunities for law enforcement agencies in ASEAN to collectively monitor drug lords and drug traffickers.

New Books in Southeast Asian Studies: Supalak Ganjanakhundee on “A Soldier King”

...how far can earlier interpretations of Thai politics be adapted to explain the growing influence of the monarchy...

Thailand breaks away from Southeast Asia’s brutally punitive drug policies

On 9 June 2022, people lined up to make their first legal purchases of cannabis.

Brewing for democracy: digital activism & the #MilkTeaAlliance

Digital activism, identity, and transnational contentious politics

The network origin of the Thai youth revolution

Since 2014, young activists have set up underground spaces across Thailand, laying ground for today's movements

‘Other Possible Worlds’ Contemporary art from Thailand

Investigating urbanisation, the environment, inequality, and the political rights and duties of Thai people.

People’s power and resistance in Southeast Asia in comparison: a roundtable

...movements signify the transformative potential of people’s power & its inherent precarity; state responses to protestors’ demands range widely...

Rethinking self-censorship in Southeast Asia’s media landscape

By intentionally devising concealment strategies that maintain the core messages...research participants demonstrate their commitment to continue producing critical information while avoiding punishment.

Thailand’s long-anticipated submarine deal has hit yet another snag

What maritime threat does Thailand face that surface ships cannot handle more effectively and cheaply?

Redefining my Thai identity

It seems like being Thai means I have to overlook the barbaric killings and the state impunity as if it is a way of life.

Looking beyond borders at Asia Pacific Triennial 10 – Part 1

APT10 forces us to look past the categories of nation or ethnicity to embrace perspectives in life that are centred on multiplicity and hybridity, on community and friendship.

New Books in SEAsian Studies: Craig Reynolds’ Power, Protection and Magic in Thailand

Meet a legendary policeman who trained in martial arts and the occult...

New Books on SE Asia: Jane Ferguson’s “Repossessing Shanland…”

Literati and politicians have constructed a virtual Shan state that lives on in popular media, rock music, and Buddhist ritual.

The Defence Technology Institute: growing status inside the Thai Ministry of Defence

Reforms permitted the Institute to transition from peripheral actor to resonant voice inside the Ministry.

Human rights in the age of Southeast Asian extractivism

Analysing the development of Filipino, Thai and Indonesian laws and policies for the achievement of the human right to a healthy environment.

Thai Youth Movements in Comparison: White Ribbons in 2020 and Din Daeng in 2021

All youth groups are calling for change, but at different levels.

NBSEAS: Thongchai Winichakul and his book on the Thamassat University massacre

An interview about a remarkable new book, by one who has thought and felt about the October 6 massacres as both an historian and a survivor.

การครองอำนาจรัฐในระบอบคสช.: ความถดถอยของอำนาจท้องถิ่น

หยุดการเมืองในมิติการเลือกตั้งที่นับวันสร้างนักการเมืองและพรรคการเมืองที่เข้มแข็งเหนือระบบราชการควบคู่ไปกับประชาธิปไตยท้องถิ่น

Central-local relations in Thailand since 2014

The 2014 coup interrupted mechanisms of local democracy that emerged from innovations in the 1997 constitution.

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.