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2018/07/18 | The Conversation
Rescued Thai Boys Contemplate the Monastic Life
Some of the 12 schoolboys rescued from a cave in Thailand are considering becoming monks. For them, this may be a way of showing gratitude to their rescuers.
2018/07/12 | The Conversation
Thailand's Caves Are Mythological Wonderlands
All 12 Thai schoolboys and their football coach have been rescued from Thailand's Tham Luang cave complex. Northern Thailand's caves are considered labyrinths of sacred spirit.
2018/07/11 | New Mandala
'Thailand 4.0': No Security in the Growing Thai Gig Economy
Thailand has high hopes for the growth of its sharing economy. Despite promising early returns for workers, there is little reason to believe they will lead to long-term stability.
2018/05/08 | New Mandala
Communism, Cartography and the Creation of Thai Identity
Kengkij Kitirianglarp's book examines the role of anthropology and secret maps in the creation of modern Thailand.
2018/04/20 | Morley J Weston
Thailand vs Taiwan: Who Wins the Startup Head to Head?
A debate between the advantages of Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand and Japan has Taiwan come out looking alright.
OPINION: Thailand's Special Economic Zones Fail to Deliver
Once viewed as a panacea, SEZs are unlikely to succeed in driving new investments in Thailand.
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.