Thai Political Crisis

COVID-19 Savages Thailand’s Tourist-Dependent Economy

An abandoned Thai tourist town under lockdown in 2020, cc Per Meistrup , modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:TH-COVID19_Abandoned-tourist-town_IMG_9872e.jpg

COVID-19 is spreading like wildfire in Thailand, and the political and economic consequences are beginning to mount.

Amid Renewed Protests, Thai Opposition Pushes for Constitutional Change

The protests on August 16, 2020 in a large demonstration organized under the Free Youth umbrella (Thai: เยาวชนปลดแอก; RTGS: yaowachon plot aek) at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok., cc Supanut Arunoprayote, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?sort=last_edit_desc&search=bangkok+protest+filetype%3Abitmap&title=Special%3ASearch&profile=advanced&fulltext=1&advancedSearch-current=%7B%22fields%22%3A%7B%22filetype%22%3A%22bitmap%22%7D%7D&ns0=1&ns6=1&ns14=1#/media/File:Protest_in_2020_Democracy_Monument_(I).jpg

Opponents of the ruling Palang Pracharath Party are pushing to amend Thailand’s 2017 constitution, which kept Junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha in power. A military-appointed Senate stands in their way.

In Thailand’s Deep South, COVID-19 Leaves Peace Talks with the BRN On Hold

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The emergence of COVID-19 delayed peace talks between the Thai government and southern rebels last year. A year on, the pandemic is still complicating any restart.

The Rise, Dominance, and Decline of Thailand’s Monarchy

The protests on 18 July 2020 in a large demonstration organized under the Free Youth umbrella (Thai: เยาวชนปลดแอก; RTGS: yaowachon plot aek) at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok., cc Supanut Arunoprayote. , modified, https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Protest_in_2020_Democracy_Monument_(II).jpg

To understand the demands of student protesters in Thailand, one must first understand the royalist-military compact that has dominated the country’s politics for decades.

Southern Thailand’s Fractured Peace Process at a Crossroads

Thai leader Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha, cc http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/59119/photos/56587, Kremlin.ru, modified,

Hopes of a breakthrough have evaporated after a government no-show at peace talks in February. Can the next Thai government regain recent momentum?

Thailand Elections – Outlook 2019 (December 29, 2018)

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Zac and Nick discuss Thailand's new, military-approved constitution and the major themes that will dominate this year's long-awaited elections.

Thailand’s Balancing Act Between the US and China in the Age of Trump

US and Thai soldiers during Cobra Gold joint military exercises in 2001, public domain, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cobra_Gold#/media/File:US_Army_instructs_Thai_Army_2001.jpg

Bangkok’s historically close security relationship with Washington appears to be firmly back on track.

Thailand: Southeast Asia’s Forgotten Human Rights Crisis

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Thailand’s relative stability should not put it beyond the pale of international criticism over its human rights record.

Election Report: Thailand

Yingluck Shinawatra calls Thai election

Analyzing Thailand's contentious 2014 election and what comes next.

Factors Driving the Thai Political Crisis

Thai protesters waving flags

Examining the historical context of two of the main forces driving Thailand's ongoing political crisis.

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