The reasons behind several recent demotions and arrests of high-ranking Bangkok monks are more politically conniving than simply an attempt to “purify" the sangha.
Part two of Anon Chawalawan's compilation of the activist inventiveness that has survived the NCPO's four-year rule.
While the royal wedding in the United Kingdom was partly extolled in Thailand as a symbol of the British monarchy's adaptability, the royalists’ perception of the Harry-Meghan wedding reflected a desire for their own monarch to be more absolute.
The persecution of one of the junta's most outspoken supporters, Buddha Issara, demands explanation
Sandwiches, 1984 and wristwatches: four years of the NCPO, four years of creative resistance—part one
สี่ปีคสช.: สัญลักษณ์และประดิษฐกรรมแห่งการท้าทายอำนาจรัฐทหาร Activists never intended to use sandwiches during protests—it was the authorities themselves who seized upon sandwiches in 2014, making an unintended contribution to anti-authoritarian emblems.
ขอนแก่นโมเดล: ไม่ยอมซ้ำรอยอนาคตแบบ "กทม." Public services infrastructure in Khon Kaen is being funded and spearheaded by the Khon Kaen Think Tank (KKTT), a group of the province's 20 leading businessmen.
The raid against Victoria’s Secret was orchestrated by a group within the state that is opposing the growing influence of the Kampol–Chai–Somyot network.
‘Thainess’ only truly laid down its roots at the end of the 1970s. ความเป็นไทยหรือการเป็นคนไทยเพิ่งจะลงหลักปักฐานจริงๆก็ในปลายทศวรรษ 1970 เท่านั้นเอง
Thanathorn has made clear that the Future Forward Party has no intentions of being a Pheu Thai shadow.
Geopolitics is a factor in the resilience of authoritarianism in the region. Often ignored, though, is the enduring pull of anti-democratic politics for the middle class.
Thai–Myanmar relations are on the up. But what happens to the large and still-marginalised migrant communities in Thai border towns like Mae Sot?
Welcoming the University of Sydney's Southeast Asian history bloggers to New Mandala.
New Books in Southeast Asian Studies talks to Claudio Sopranzetti about his monograph on the political role of Bangkok's motorbike taxi drivers.
The status quo isn't sustainable, but none of the likely exit strategies for the junta will give it what it wants.
New association "seeks to foster and facilitate opportunities for the advancement of research and knowledge relevant to Mainland Southeast Asia."
It’s past time for us to ditch simplistic ideas of “civil society” and its relationship with democracy in the region.
Patrick Jory and Tyrell Haberkorn on the cremation of King Bhumibol.
The internet is both a factor in, and a victim of, the region’s crisis of democracy.
Snapshots from the Thai community's marking of King Rama IX's cremation.
Two Thai scholars on what the weekend's cremation of King Bhumibol signifies for Thailand.
Democracy in the region finds itself in dark days. Can anything save it?
Some thoughts on the paradoxes of kingly imagery and (in)visibility in the age of Vajiralongkorn.
Nick Nostitz reflects on photographing the political rise and fall of Thailand's first female PM.