Thailand and its crisis II

25 08 2014

For those who haven’t yet seen it, Andrew MacGregor Marshall’s primer on the Thai crisis [clicking opens an 18-page PDF] short and succinct, is a must read. We just present the first paragraph as a taste:

Thailand has been engulfed by an intractable political conflict that has enfeebled the economy, eroded the quality of governance and undermined the rule of law. Due to widespread failure to understand the structural dynamics of the conflict, analysts tend to significantly underestimate the level of political risk under the current military dictatorship. This is exacerbated by a failure to grasp the implications of the looming trauma facing the kingdom when the ailing 86-year-old Bhumibol Adulyadej, King Rama IX of Thailand, dies.


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