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Trapped in Power: Thailand's Ruling Junta Can't Step Down
Actually competing an election is a risky choice for Prayuth Chan-ocha.
2017/11/06 | Aim Singpeng
Divide and Conquer: Authoritarianism and Cyberspace in Southeast Asia
In Southeast Asia, only the Philippines ranks as having free internet access, according to Freedom House. Across the region, cyberspace has evolved into an arena in which the state and its societal opponents battle for power and control, with the former exerting greater and more sophisticated control over the latter.
2017/08/27 | Sally Tyler
'The King and I' Re-Imagined: Thailand's Dangerous Libel Laws
A U.S. production of The King and I is a reminder of lèse majesté laws in Thailand, and the renewed importance of artistic free expression amid Trump’s call for tightening of libel laws.
2017/08/23 | David Brewster
Alarm Bells Ringing over Thailand's Chinese-Funded Canal Plans
Some security analysts worry that the canal would solve China’s famous "Malacca Dilemma" by allowing its oil tankers to avoid the narrow, crowded and vulnerable Malacca Strait and even give the Chinese navy a new route into the Indian Ocean.
2017/08/19 | Mong Palatino
TV Network Pays the Price in Thailand for Calling Leader 'Dictator'
Thailand’s army grabbed power in 2014 and has remained in power through a constitution it drafted. The country's media struggles to challenge those in power.
2017/08/17 | Matthew Phillips
Thailand’s Junta Courts the White House as 'Democracy' Drops from US Agenda
Secretary of State Tillerson has already indicated that the State Department is considering dropping 'democracy' from its global mission. On Tuesday, he kept his word.
Can Bangkok Wean Itself Off Beijing?
It is still unclear whether Thailand will be able to easily re-adjust its strategic position between the two regional powers
Does Thailand's Middle Class have a Distaste for Democracy
At this critical royal transition, both the middle class and civil society do not even hide their taste for authoritarianism. It manifests itself chiefly in politicisation and self-interest on their part.
2017/08/02 | Brad Adams
OPINION: Urgent Investigation Needed into Shocking Abduction of Thai Activist in Laos
Wuthipong was put in a car and driven away to an unknown location while his wife and his friend were left at the scene
2017/07/26 | TNL Staff
Thailand Bucks Trend by Repatriating Taiwanese Fraud Suspects to Taiwan
Today’s move by Thai authorities was doubly surprising given there have been signs of increasing Chinese interference in Thailand or at least a willingness on the part of the junta-led Thai government to comply to China’s wishes.