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Thailand

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.

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.