ทำไมระบอบประยุทธ์ไม่เข้มแข็ง: The "elected" military regime is not popular, nor can it guarantee the support of the armed forces
Introducing the New Mandala Flickr group
about 2 hours ago
Welcome to the new, visual frontier of New Mandala: our newly installed Flickr group. We invite authors and readers alike to share their Creative Common licensed photographs from research fieldwork, art initiatives or travel to our Flickr group. Let those dormant images come alive on our academic blog and get credited for your visual contributions,...
Co-optation in Thailand’s 2019 election
about 6 days ago
In the 2019 election, a sizeable portion of the military proxy party’s electoral candidates were “pulled” (phalang dud) from other parties.
Universal coverage without universal testing: Thailand’s delays in access to testing may be costly
about 2 weeks ago
Social distancing and travel bans won’t save Thailand from COVID-19 writes Anthony C. Kuster.
The partisan history of police power in Thailand
about 1 month ago
Paul Chambers looks back at the politicisation of the Royal Thai Police, before turning to the palace's recent personalisation of authority over an institution often overshadowed by the military.
Anakot Mai: ‘lawfare’ and Future Forward Party’s legacy
about 1 month ago
Future Forward successfully convinced younger Thais to give democracy another try, argues Khemthong Tonsakulrungruang.
2019 ELECTIONS #เลือกตั้ง62SEE ALL THAILAND POSTS
Online, it was the least active party which proved the most popular during the 2019 Thai election, meaning supporters mobilised with little direction from above.
History and electoral reality suggest that the 2019 elections will deliver another “wasted coup”.
General Prayuth may lead a government after elections this month, but his authority within the armed forces has long been waning.
The editor of "The Nation" talks to New Mandala.
Understanding Thailand's elections may require looking beyond national politics.
The redshirt movement endures at the ballot box.
Paul Chambers on King Vajiralongkorn's expanding control over state forces
เลือกตั้ง 62: ชนชั้นนำแตกเป็นเสี่ยงและประชานิยมทางการเมือง
Thanathorn has made clear that the Future Forward Party has no intentions of being a Pheu Thai shadow.
PARTIES, COURTS AND OTHER INSTITUTIONSSEE ALL THAILAND POSTS
In the first episode of Thailand Unsettled, Puangthong Pawakapan tackles the theme of "the military", narrowing in on the Internal Security Operations Command
What’s the role of a Constitutional Court in a military dictatorship? On the dissolution of Thai Raksa Chart
In Thailand, the function of the constitution is not to limit the power of the king, but to reflect the king’s will.
The annual military reshuffle shows a military leadership in transition.
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.
จงสังเกตความโหยหาอำนาจนิยมในสังคมไทย: มงคลกิตติ์เป็น ส.ส. สะท้อนอะไร
RESISTANCE AND MOVEMENTSSEE ALL THAILAND POSTS
Why did the perpetrators treat the bodies of the deceased so savagely—in public before thousands of eyes?
Red-shirt leader Jatuporn Prompan and former yellow-shirt leader Suriyasai Katasila agree—pessimistically—that Thailand's coming elections are merely one stage in a cycle of political instability.
ยุคของ “แดง ปะทะ เหลือง” ในประเทศไทยจบแล้วจริงหรือ?
Prayut has told media that the peace dialogue is “not about negotiation”.
Part two of Anon Chawalawan's compilation of the activist inventiveness that has survived the NCPO's four-year rule.
How did royalist, nationalist and anti-democratic forces overwhelm the originally heterogenous yellow-shirt movement?
ART AND CULTURESEE ALL THAILAND POSTS
During the 1960–70s, Thai government agencies distributed vinyl records to raise awareness of elections. As historical documents, they offer insight into the country's turbulent political history.
Amid assassinations and forced disappearances of Thai dissidents abroad, a dissident publisher reflects on what it means to “survive” under “Democracy with the King as the Head of State".
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.
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.
The idea of finding the El Dorado of Asia is a continuing obsession.
RELIGIONSEE ALL THAILAND POSTS
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.
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.