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Pavin Chachavalpongpun

For Pavin Chachavalpongpun's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Aug 18, 2014

Make no mistake about Thailand's problem

The Thai military has not played the role of "democratic defender" following its recent coup. Instead, its intervention shows its desperate move to maintain power ahead of the imminent royal succession.

Jul 20, 2014

Red-yellow scrum moves beyond the border

As the U.S. hosts the largest number of Thai immigrants — about 250,000 — it stands to reason that Thailand's color-coded politics would land on its shores. Both camps are trying to lobby the U.S. government.

Jun 20, 2014

A climate of fear in Thailand

Despite claims by the Thai military, the May 22 coup has restored neither peace nor order to the country. Instead, a climate of fear has replaced the pre-coup political uncertainty.

Apr 22, 2014

No end in sight to Thailand's political unrest

The crux of the now six-month-long Thai campaign of protests is not just the widespread corruption supposedly committed by the Yingluck government. It's also the seemingly intimate ties between the king's heir apparent and Thaksin Shinawatra, which worry the conservative royalists of the "network ...