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Why Vaccine Hesitancy is Rising Among Thailand’s Youth
October 15, 2021

Why Vaccine Hesitancy is Rising Among Thailand’s Youth

By Wichuta Teeratanabodee
Many young Thais are deeply suspicious of the current government and its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

AUKUS: A New Justification for Thailand’s Submarine Acquisition Plans?
October 14, 2021

AUKUS: A New Justification for Thailand’s Submarine Acquisition Plans?

By Tita Sanglee
The new trilateral security partnership could bolster the Thai navy's long-standing submarine plans, but many obstacles remain.
Thailand to Introduce Quarantine-Free Travel for Selected Visitors
October 12, 2021

Thailand to Introduce Quarantine-Free Travel for Selected Visitors

By Sebastian Strangio
The move marks an acceleration of the country’s timetable for the restart of its economically pivotal tourism industry.

Thailand’s Reopening Confusion: Another Reflection of Government Disunity
September 30, 2021

Thailand’s Reopening Confusion: Another Reflection of Government Disunity

By Tita Sanglee
Thailand's leader appears to be putting his own political survival over public health considerations or policy consistency

Thailand Halves Quarantine Requirement for Vaccinated Visitors
September 28, 2021

Thailand Halves Quarantine Requirement for Vaccinated Visitors

By Sebastian Strangio
The move reflects Bangkok's new policy of balancing the endemic reality of COVID-19 with the need to reopen crucial sectors of the economy.

Thailand’s Constitutional Dictatorship Weathers the Storm
September 27, 2021

Thailand’s Constitutional Dictatorship Weathers the Storm

By Zachary Abuza
Despite rumors of dissent within Prayut Chan-o-cha's coalition, the military is poised to retain its privileged position in Thai politics.

Thailand’s 2022 Budget Takes Shape
September 14, 2021

Thailand’s 2022 Budget Takes Shape

By James Guild
The government has been criticized for directing money to royal agencies and questionable submarine purchases during a time of economic uncertainty.
With Eye to Next Election, Thai Government Tweaks Voting Rules
September 13, 2021

With Eye to Next Election, Thai Government Tweaks Voting Rules

By Sebastian Strangio
The election tweaks, which will benefit larger parties, are designed to solidify the control of Prime Minister Prayut's government.

Thai Leader Survives No-Confidence Motion, but Political Liabilities Remain
September 06, 2021

Thai Leader Survives No-Confidence Motion, but Political Liabilities Remain

By Sebastian Strangio
The result was expected, but the former Thai general continues to struggle with a steep legitimacy deficit.

The Curious Case of the New Chinese Ambassador to Thailand
September 02, 2021

The Curious Case of the New Chinese Ambassador to Thailand

By Tita Sanglee
The new envoy's appointment comes amid increased U.S. efforts to contain Chinese influence in mainland Southeast Asia.

Thai Parliamentary No-Confidence Debate Targets Government’s COVID-19 Response
September 01, 2021

Thai Parliamentary No-Confidence Debate Targets Government’s COVID-19 Response

By Sebastian Strangio
While it is unlikely to unseat Prayut Chan-o-cha, the debate will allow the opposition to exact a political cost from the government for its handling of the pandemic.
US Breaks Ground on Massive Thai Embassy Annex
August 31, 2021

US Breaks Ground on Massive Thai Embassy Annex

By Sebastian Strangio
The $625 million project, and a planned new embassy building in Hanoi, symbolizes Washington's increased attention to Southeast Asia.

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