Thailand’s troubled engagement with Myanmar

Written by Sasiwan Chingchit. Despite two years of unprecedented efforts to democratize and open up its economy, Myanmar still has a long way to go to provide peace, prosperity and democratic rights to its people. The country continues to depend on international assistance, encouragement and pressure to move ahead in the right direction. As an immediate …

Yingluck’s Affinity with the Police and Thailand’s Divided Security Sector

Written by Paul Chambers. Since 2005, Thailand has suffered from seemingly-interminable turmoil between monarchists, military and mostly-urban interests on one side, and the forces of populist Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, police, and provincial business on the other.  The tension led to a 2006 coup and the rise of diametrically-opposed protest movements. One element of this …