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Leading Thai Opposition Figure Charged With Royal Defamation
June 22, 2022

Leading Thai Opposition Figure Charged With Royal Defamation

By Sebastian Strangio
Piyabutr Saengkanokkul is the second former leader of the banned Future Forward Party to be charged under Section 112 of the Criminal Code.

Thailand’s Bhumjaithai Party: The Dark Horse
June 16, 2022

Thailand’s Bhumjaithai Party: The Dark Horse

By Tita Sanglee
Despite not running candidates in this year's by-elections, Anutin Charnivakul's party is quietly gathering political momentum.
Thailand’s Democrat Party: The Gloomy Light at the End of the Tunnel
May 24, 2022

Thailand’s Democrat Party: The Gloomy Light at the End of the Tunnel

By Punchada Sirivunnabood
A mere 11 years after its last term in government, the country's oldest party finds itself in the political wilderness.

The Significance of the Long-Awaited Bangkok Gubernatorial Election
May 05, 2022

The Significance of the Long-Awaited Bangkok Gubernatorial Election

By Tita Sanglee
The outcome of the May 22 election will offer clues as to how Thais might vote in the next national polls.

Thai Opposition Figure Charged With Royal Defamation, Cyber Crimes
April 12, 2022

Thai Opposition Figure Charged With Royal Defamation, Cyber Crimes

By Sebastian Strangio
The head of the disbanded Future Forward Party criticized the government for contracting a royal-owned firm to supply COVID-19 vaccines.

Thai Activist Sentenced to 2 Years Prison for Defaming King
March 07, 2022

Thai Activist Sentenced to 2 Years Prison for Defaming King

By Sebastian Strangio
Narin Kulpongsathron is accused of affixing a sticker to a portrait of King Vajiralongkorn during a political protest in 2020.

What Would Thailand’s Foreign Policy Look Like Under Pita Limjaroenrat’s Leadership?
March 03, 2022

What Would Thailand’s Foreign Policy Look Like Under Pita Limjaroenrat’s Leadership?

By Tita Sanglee
The leader of the Move Forward Party has promised to move fundamental rights to the forefront of Thailand's foreign policy.
Is Thailand’s Buddhist Sangha Undergoing a Political Sea Change?
February 18, 2022

Is Thailand’s Buddhist Sangha Undergoing a Political Sea Change?

By Christian Kurzydlowski
The Thai Buddhist order has long helped to legitimize and prop up the prevailing monarchical order.

Who Is Thammanat Prompao, the Man Shaking up Thailand’s Ruling Coalition?
February 17, 2022

Who Is Thammanat Prompao, the Man Shaking up Thailand’s Ruling Coalition?

By Tita Sanglee
Despite being expelled from the Phalang Pracharat Party, the former deputy agriculture minister is creating headaches for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

In Thailand, the COVID-19 Pandemic Unites Old Factions in Discontent
February 08, 2022

In Thailand, the COVID-19 Pandemic Unites Old Factions in Discontent

By Meghan Murphy
Old "yellow" vs. "red" divides have been transcended by a generalized discontent with the political status quo.

Prayut’s Popularity Plunges Further, But the Thai Public Can’t Name a Better Option
January 05, 2022

Prayut’s Popularity Plunges Further, But the Thai Public Can’t Name a Better Option

By Tita Sanglee
Despite boasting approval ratings of just 16 percent, the Thai prime minister's tenure seems set to drag on.
APEC 2022: Time and Momentum Are Not On Thailand’s Side
November 25, 2021

APEC 2022: Time and Momentum Are Not On Thailand’s Side

By Tita Sanglee
In the face of mounting domestic concerns, Thailand will have a hard time trying to smoothly run APEC meetings in 2022.

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