'thailand' Category

  • BBC World TV appearance, 25 Aug 2017

    August 25, 2017

    I appeared on BBC World TV’s Insight programme to discuss the flight into exile of former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Below is a quasi-summary of some of my points.https://youtu.be/X73Og1nigSQ What’s the trial about? Ostensibly, a massive rice subsidy scheme that allegedly cost the state $16bn. Yingluck charged with negligence for ignoring warnings of loopholes […]

  • Death of King Bhumibol

    October 14, 2016

    I have op-eds on The Conversation and New Mandala on the death of Thailand’s King Bhumibol. (They are substantially the same but the first gives more background and forecasts a bit more.) The situation is already evolving from when I wrote these pieces yesterday afternoon. Although General Prayuth, the current military dictator, immediately announced that […]

  • Bangkok bombing

    August 18, 2015

    I’ve been busy fielding press enquiries in response to the bombing at Bangkok’s Erawan shrine that has killed over 20 people and injured over 100 more. I’m quoted in The Telegraph’s rolling coverage here (at 16:14). I’ve written a piece on the politics of the post-bombing blame game for The Conversation here, which was republished […]

  • Academic Freedom in Thailand

    March 5, 2015

    I am among 238 signatories to a letter condeming the treatment of Thai historian Somsak Jeamteerasakul, who has been fired by Thammasat University, and more broadly calling for the restoration of academic freedom in Thailand. The text of that letter can be seen on Prachatai here. Other coverage to date is below:\ Thai PBS (English): […]

  • Thailand’s Game of Thrones

    November 13, 2014

    I am quoted at length in a Southeast Asia Globe report asking what might happen following the death of Thailand’s King Bhumibol.  

  • Review of Andrew MacGregor Marshall’s “A Kingdom in Crisis”

    October 21, 2014

    The following is my review of Andrew MacGregor Marshall’s new book, A Kingdom in Crisis: Thailand’s Struggle for Democracy in the Twenty-First Century, just out from Zed Books. It will appear some time in early November on New Mandala. UPDATE: 31.10.14 – following comments from the author, I’ve added a long addendum to address his […]

  • General Prayuth’s Speech: A Manifesto for Failure

    June 6, 2014

    Thailand’s new military dictator, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, gave a long, rambling, televised address today which is worth reviewing to see how it relates to my analysis of the recent coup and its prospects. The speech justifies the coup as necessary “to stop the ongoing violence”. But as I stated, there was no obvious “ongoing violence”. […]

  • Thailand’s Deja-Coup

    May 30, 2014

    I have a long essay on the background to, short-term causes of, and prospects of, the recent Thai coup, in The Diplomat, with a cut-down version in The Conversation. The purpose of these pieces is to explain to the general reader why another coup has happened and, for those more interested in the detail, to […]

  • Thai Junta’s Censorship Extends Beyond the Kingdom

    May 30, 2014

    I am co-organising a public panel discussion at SOAS on the recent Thai coup next Tuesday. The Thai embassy tried to get the SOAS Thai Society to cancel the event. We refused. Yesterday I wrote a response to the events, which attracted a lot of interest on Twitter; it’s published today in Prachatai, and it’ll […]

  • Monocle 24, 19 February 2014

    February 21, 2014

    I appeared on Monocle 24 to discuss the violence in Bangkok as police tried unsuccessfully to clear an anti-government protest site, and the creeping authoritarianism in Nauru stemming from Australia’s outsourcing of migration processing there. You can listen to the segment here, about 40.5mins in.  

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