ASEAN would do well to take a lesson from the European Union and Britain's vote to leave it.
The Thai military regime's "bamboo diplomacy" of playing Russia and China off against the U.S. could prove to be myopic in the game of international politics.
The current draft of Thailand's new constitution, up for referendum on Aub. 7, is would serve to shrink the democratic space, rather than widen it.
As the space for public political debate and opinion shrinks, Thais have moved their political debate to cyberspace.
Because of its focus on containing China, the U.S. appears reluctant about pressing the Thai military to step aside for the sake of democracy.
The Thai military's overuse of lese majeste law to prop up its own authority risks weakening the monarchy over the long term.
Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha's promises to launch a number of projects to put Thailand back on the track toward democracy have proven empty.
At the end of this year, the process for turning the Association of Southeast Asian Nations into a single community will begin to take shape. Yet pending community-building projects still need to be achieved and existing problems solved. ASEAN has developed so-called scorecards for three ...
Noted academic and commentator Noam Chomsky takes a keen interest in the political wars embroiling Thailand.
Thailand remains the "sick man" of Southeast Asia, and the terrorist attack in Bangkok has exacerbated its condition.