Pavin Chachavalpongpun

Pavin Chachavalpongpun

Pavin Chachavalpongpun is an associate professor at Kyoto University’s Centre for Southeast Asian Studies. He is the author of several books, including “Reinventing Thailand: Thaksin and His Foreign Policy”.

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Thai military’s grip on power won’t ease any time soon

The latest postponement of a long-promised general election underlines the junta’s fear of the Shinawatra family’s lingering influence, at a time when the new king is still settling in.

The latest postponement of a long-promised general election underlines the junta’s fear of the Shinawatra family’s lingering influence, at a time when the new king is still settling in.

Thai military’s grip on power won’t ease any time soon
29 Jan 2018 - 8:12PM
Junta’s tight control ensures Thai referendum will be no exercise in democracy
20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
Eye on the throne, Thailand's crown prince appears to be putting his house in order

Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej turns 87 today. Crowned in 1946, he is the world's longest reigning monarch. But the Bhumibol era is coming to an end.

Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej turns 87 today. Crowned in 1946, he is the world's longest reigning monarch. But the Bhumibol era is coming to an end.

Eye on the throne, Thailand's crown prince appears to be putting his house in order
5 Dec 2014 - 1:23PM
Human rights abuses by Thai junta reinforce climate of fear

Since seizing power from an elected government more than three months ago, Thailand's National Council for Peace and Order - the governing body of the coup makers - has continued to violate people's freedoms.

Since seizing power from an elected government more than three months ago, Thailand's National Council for Peace and Order - the governing body of the coup makers - has continued to violate people's freedoms.

Human rights abuses by Thai junta reinforce climate of fear
18 Sep 2014 - 12:24AM
Despite the threats, I will not bow to Thailand's despots

Four days after the Thai military overthrew the elected Puea Thai-led government, King Bhumibol Adulyadej endorsed the coup, giving legitimacy to the unlawful intervention. Indeed, the royal endorsement will be crucial for implementing the junta's cast-iron policies to fully control politics.

Four days after the Thai military overthrew the elected Puea Thai-led government, King Bhumibol Adulyadej endorsed the coup, giving legitimacy to the unlawful intervention. Indeed, the royal endorsement will be crucial for implementing the junta's cast-iron policies to fully control politics.

Despite the threats, I will not bow to Thailand's despots
20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM
Thai king's birthday raises questions about monarchy's role in politics

King Bhumibol Adulyadej celebrated his 86th birthday yesterday, which was also Thailand's national day. This much-anticipated event came amid escalating political conflict between the Yingluck Shinawatra government backed by her fugitive brother, former prime minister Thaksin, and its opponents in the old establishment camp represented by the elitist opposition, the Democrat Party.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej celebrated his 86th birthday yesterday, which was also Thailand's national day. This much-anticipated event came amid escalating political conflict between the Yingluck Shinawatra government backed by her fugitive brother, former prime minister Thaksin, and its opponents in the old establishment camp represented by the elitist opposition, the Democrat Party.

Thai king's birthday raises questions about monarchy's role in politics
20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM
Politics gets in the way of peace in Thai south
15 Aug 2012 - 11:11PM
Royalty and democracy make an unhappy match
22 Jun 2012 - 12:00AM
Thais on collision course over lese-majeste law
15 May 2012 - 12:00AM
Burma rediscovers its voice in global affairs
27 Apr 2012 - 12:00AM
Thaksin return won't bring reconciliation
21 Mar 2012 - 12:00AM
Thai university row arouses fear of bloodshed
7 Feb 2012 - 12:00AM
Isolated state keen to open doors to investors
13 Jan 2012 - 12:00AM
Archaic law serves only to weaken the monarchy
19 Dec 2011 - 12:00AM
Thai floods become target for politicking
18 Nov 2011 - 12:00AM
One-woman show isn't enough to tackle floods
14 Oct 2011 - 12:00AM
Five years are enough to do lasting damage
19 Sep 2011 - 12:00AM
Thaksin's risky steps on the comeback trail
26 Aug 2011 - 12:00AM
One hurdle down but more are to come for Yingluck
21 Jul 2011 - 12:00AM
Yingluck's true political tests are still to come
6 Jul 2011 - 12:00AM
Pro-Thaksin poll victory  may be too much to bear
21 Jun 2011 - 12:00AM
Old and new money in a race for Thai votes
25 May 2011 - 12:00AM
Domestic politics driving border row
6 May 2011 - 12:00AM
Paving the political path for Thaksin's sister
15 Apr 2011 - 12:00AM
Major rethink needed on Myanmar strategy
3 Aug 2009 - 12:00AM
Road map stops far short of the goal
12 May 2010 - 12:00AM
Playing Cambodian 'threat' for own gain
19 Oct 2010 - 12:00AM
Thaksin bashing won't solve political crisis
22 Jun 2010 - 12:00AM
Cosy Sino-Thai relations affecting Asean unity
21 May 2013 - 4:15AM
West can't just dismiss this flawed election
5 Nov 2010 - 12:00AM