Thai politics under a new reign (East Asia Forum)

More than four years after it seized power in May 2014, Thailand’s military government appears intent on holding onto power indefinitely. Led by General Prayut Chan-o-cha, the National Council for Peace and Order has repeatedly delayed election pledges. Elections are currently slated for February 2019 but this could be pushed back several months owing to the enforcement of organic laws that accompany the junta-backed constitution passed in 2017. 

Thai politics under a new reign

Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Chulalongkorn University

Wanted: Yingluck (The Interpreter)

Last month, Thailand’s military government sought the extradition of former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra from the UK. A year ago, Yingluck had been due in court to face charges of dereliction of duty while in office. She failed to show. She was found guilty in absentia and handed a five-year jail term.

Elliot Brennan

King Bhumibol’s legacy and the future of Thailand (Michael Vatikiotis, The Strategist)

The death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who would have been 89 in December, leaves Thailand bereft of a leader who steered the nation by demonstrating great care and attention to its people. For most of his seventy-year long reign King Bhumibol was a working monarch, most often pictured inspecting projects in the field, noting down needs and suggesting practical solutions.