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Thailand

New networks in Thai royal politics

On Ubolratana's abortive PM candidacy and what it suggests about the fragmentation of the "network monarchy".

LIVE: Thailand Uncharted

Realtime election-related reprisals, reactions and randomness.

A rebuke against a sister and the personalising of monarchical control

Paul Chambers on King Vajiralongkorn's expanding control over state forces

Thailand’s first elections in the post-Bhumibol era

On the prospects for a durable authoritarian politics after the 'Bhumibol Consensus'.

The Khon Kaen Model(s): when terror and transportation infrastructure meet

The two "Khon Kaen Models"—one an alleged red-shirt terrorist plot and the other a transit infrastructure project—effectively model the process by which the junta secures obedience.

Why Thailand’s generals fail to co-opt elections

History and electoral reality suggest that the 2019 elections will deliver another “wasted coup”.

Film Review: Ten Years Thailand

What bleak stories can be told about what Thailand will be like in a decade, when Thais have already lived under nearly five years of military rule? The film Ten Years Thailand grapples with that very question.

New Mandala’s most read in 2018

Revisit the 20 most popular articles published at New Mandala this year.

Corrupting Thailand’s Court of Justice 

The Court of Justice plays no less significant a role in sustaining the military regime, yet has generally kept a much lower profile than the controversial Constitutional Court.

Thailand Unsettled #2: Reconciliation (with Jatuporn Prompan and Suriyasai Katasila)—Part 1

How can Thailand “move on” from a decade of mass political contestation—unrest which was halted, but hardly resolved, by large-scale state violence and the military’s eventual seizure of power?

Lost in literature: the misuse of western sources and perspectives [Part III]

On the the misuse of western historical sources in the search for Suvarnabhumi.

Thailand’s new left-wing political parties: rivals or allies?

"The advent of the Commoners’ Party represents a more exciting, radical break with the status quo [than the Future Forward Party]—one that has so far kept class privilege of the likes of Juangroongruangkit intact," writes Kriangsak Teerakowitkajorn.

Thai political rap before it went viral

The young rappers who shot to national attention when they released Prathet Ku Mi honed their skills in a vibrant Thai indie rap scene that has been growing bigger in recent years—and growing more political, too.

Making Thailand’s southern peace dialogue meaningful

Prayut has told media that the peace dialogue is “not about negotiation”.

Thailand’s Rap Against Dictatorship

“Prathet ku mi” has reopened the most sensitive wound of Thailand’s past for a new generation.

Lost in literature: the political and religious consequences of Suvarnabhumi [Part II]

On nationalism, religion, archaeology, folklore and pseudo-history.

Lost in literature: why we need to stop the quest for Suvarnabhumi [Part 1]

The idea of finding the El Dorado of Asia is a continuing obsession.

VIDEO: Researching ‘rupture’

Videos of the Crawford School's 'Rupture' workshop

Introducing ‘Rupture: nature–society transformation in mainland Southeast Asia’

Studying structural reconfigurations of nature and society in the Mekong region and beyond.

Thailand Unsettled #1: The Military (with Puangthong Pawakapan)

In the first episode of Thailand Unsettled, Puangthong Pawakapan tackles the theme of "the military", narrowing in on the Internal Security Operations Command

[AUDIO] Whither academic freedom in Thailand?

A discussion on the state of academic freedom in Thailand, and what Australian scholars can do to show solidarity with Thai colleagues.

Whither academic freedom in Thailand?

Craig Reynolds overviews the contingent, context-dependent nature of academic freedom in Thailand.

Thailand’s sangha: turning right, coming full circle

Thailand’s military government has passed an amendment to the Sangha Act that places the power to appoint and remove the twenty members of the Sangha Council, the highest governing body in the Thai Buddhist order, under the king’s power.