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.
History and electoral reality suggest that the 2019 elections will deliver another “wasted coup”.
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.
Revisit the 20 most popular articles published at New Mandala this year.
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.
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?
On the the misuse of western historical sources in the search for Suvarnabhumi.
"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.
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.
Prayut has told media that the peace dialogue is “not about negotiation”.
“Prathet ku mi” has reopened the most sensitive wound of Thailand’s past for a new generation.
On nationalism, religion, archaeology, folklore and pseudo-history.
The idea of finding the El Dorado of Asia is a continuing obsession.
Studying structural reconfigurations of nature and society in the Mekong region and beyond.
In the first episode of Thailand Unsettled, Puangthong Pawakapan tackles the theme of "the military", narrowing in on the Internal Security Operations Command
A discussion on the state of academic freedom in Thailand, and what Australian scholars can do to show solidarity with Thai colleagues.
Craig Reynolds overviews the contingent, context-dependent nature of academic freedom in Thailand.
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.
While governments since at least Rama VI have defined Thainess by the ideology of nation-religion-king, comparing editions of the Royal Institute Dictionaries shows the changing meanings of these words.
How did royalist, nationalist and anti-democratic forces overwhelm the originally heterogenous yellow-shirt movement?
Illiberalism at home, and pro-market ideologies abroad, are putting pressure on Southeast Asian civil society organisations' financial health.