Over at East Asia Forum there is a short essay I wrote late last year on Thailand in 2009. It also canvasses, very briefly, the country’s prospects for 2010. I conclude that:

…some of the many contradictions, inconsistencies and hypocrisies of Thailand’s current political configuration may not remain hidden from view for long. These are fodder for the critics of the Abhisit government and the palace network, and their respective claims to democratic legitimacy. 2010 may well be the year when the battle for political and royal power is forced out of the shadows and into public consciousness, once and for all.