Monarchy network data revealed through Yoshinori Nishizaki’s research explains one of the pivotal moments in modern Thai history, writes Craig Reynolds.
The king is reviving the life of his absolutist forebears while trying to bring the military under control.
Pavin Chachavalpongpun: Vajiralongkorn has been ruthless in consolidating his position within Thailand's ruling elite.
With two significant royal celebrations in mid-2012, Prince Vajiralongkorn’s 60th birthday was also a reminder of the fact the he too is no longer a young man.
Thaksin has a track record of indestructibility. It makes sense that in the difficult years to come the palace will want him on their side.