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    Thai luck runs out with attack on shrine

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 04/09/2015

    » For a country that has done so well for so long in navigating the treacherous waters of international life, Thailand's luck may have run out with the bomb attack on the Erawan shrine in central Bangkok on Aug 17.

  • OPINION

    Charter-drafting reset set to fuel tension

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 11/09/2015

    » That the National Reform Council (NRC) scuttled the Constitution Drafting Committee's (CDC) draft charter last Sunday is akin to a political abortion, a wilful abandonment of a year-long process both bodies were set up to complete in tandem.

  • OPINION

    Semantics and Thailand's political divide

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 25/09/2015

    » Language can be about power as much as communication. It can tear societies apart or bring them together, depending on its design and application.

  • OPINION

    A recalibration between Thailand and the outside world

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 02/10/2015

    » Thailand's relations with the outside world were naturally complicated by its latest military coup in May 2014.

  • OPINION

    Seeing politics via the Chuvit phenomenon

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 09/10/2015

    » As Thailand's popular rule is in deep freeze under an undisguised military dictatorship, few dare to speak out for fear of intimidation and temporary detention. One exception for all Thailand watchers to follow is Chuvit Kamolvisit. What he has been saying speaks volumes about the current state of Thai politics.

  • OPINION

    NE Asia summit shows SE Asia weaknesses

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 13/11/2015

    » Although it papered over differences, the recent resumption of a summit meeting among China, Japan and South Korea has cooled bilateral tensions in Northeast Asia with longer-term implications for Southeast Asia.

  • OPINION

    Western folly in Middle East quagmire

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 27/11/2015

    » Democracy is not for every region. Nowhere is this more evident than in the modern Middle East. As individual regimes and the entire region disintegrate and revert back to their familiar past of tribal wars and internecine strife that are answerable only to force and strength, not international rules and norms, it is instructive to look back at the origins of the current phase of violence and mayhem.

  • OPINION

    Thailand's rocky road for 2016 and beyond

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 08/01/2016

    » No country in Southeast Asia has been shooting itself in the foot more than Thailand. With so much going for it, the second-largest economy in the region manages to underperform spectacularly. Its growth trajectory is in the 2-3% range while it has the potential to track twice as high.

  • OPINION

    The opportunity costs of Thailand's descent

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 12/02/2016

    » The Cobra Gold joint military exercise this week and the inaugural Asean-US summit in southern California next week against the backdrop of the recently inked Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free-trade area reflect the standings and priorities of Bangkok and Washington. Thailand's international engagements are increasingly on the back foot, unable to plough ahead and prone to expediency because of its political troubles at home. The US, on the hand, now has a coherent and mutually reinforcing geopolitical and geo-economic agenda for the Asia-Pacific but it may not be sustained because of impending leadership change.

  • OPINION

    Punishment, crime and justice in Thailand

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 04/03/2016

    » Thailand's political polarisation knows no bounds. The raging controversy over media personality Sorrayuth Suthassanachinda's criminal conviction is merely the latest manifestation of a morality war being waged in Thai politics over the past decade between the rightful and the righteous for the country's future power and soul. While it does not seem that way on the surface in Sorrayuth's case, closer scrutiny indicates otherwise. The case also instructs us that such polarisation is no good for Thailand, that middle and third ways are still the only pathway out of the country's holding position.

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