Thai Economy a Study in Contradiction

The Thai economy presents a paradox. On the one hand it can boast about the best-underpinned currency in Asia, with a huge current account surplus and reserves. On the other, domestic demand continues to splutter, partly because of a household debt overhang wh... Read More...

Thai Critic Faces Death Threat

Pavin Chachavalpongpun has become one of the most implacable critics of the country’s ruling king, Maha Vajiralongkorn, and the junta that took over the country in a coup in 2014. Now that may have put his life in danger from the country’s erratic and violence... Read More...

Thai Military Erases Important History

In a small but highly symbolic gesture, the Thai military regime has arranged the removal of a plaque marking the start of the 1932 revolution which ended royal absolutism and led to the first of many versions ... Read More...

The New Thai King’s Reign of Fear

The overwhelming success of the reign of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, who died on Oct. 13, 2016, has evidently become an entrapment for his son Maha Vajiralongkorn, who has failed to follow in ... Read More...

Sea Change Awaits Trump in Thailand

Three months after his election, a month after inauguration, Donald Trump has not publicly mentioned Thailand.  Yet in a looming foreign policy crisis over the South China Sea, the seeds of which the president partly inherited and has partly sowed, the kingdom... Read More...

Thailand’s New King: Who is he Really?

The mystery is over. After decades of question marks over the Thai royal succession, former Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn is now Rama X of the Chakri dynasty. After a period of suspense after his father’s death, ... Read More...