Thailand

Thailand’s new migrant worker policy is a step onto uncertain ground

Thailand’s most recent move on migrant worker policy (the Royal Ordinance on Foreign Workers Management) has been a debacle. While not a complete failure, a shift in policymaking is needed, writes Ruji Auethavornpipat.

A professor detained for his thoughts

Yukti Mukdawijitra talks about her conversation with a university professor who was arrested in Thailand as part of a sweep of six individuals accused of committing lèse majesté by posting to Facebook. (Translated by Tyrell Haberkorn)

Thailand’s constitutional dispossession

Tyrell Haberkorn talks about how Thailand’s 20th constitution may fail to protect citizens from the rulers’ excesses and at worst may facilitate the dispossession of their rights.

Economic imperatives warm Thai–Cambodian ties

Greg Raymond talks about the Thai-Cambodian economic relations.

Life after the Bangkok blast

The slaughter of innocent people in Bangkok last week was a shocking event. But its immediate political and social implications are probably limited.

Subplots in Thailand’s submarine setback

n June 2015, several announcements suggested that Thailand would acquire three Chinese submarines for 36 billion baht (US$1.03billion). But by mid-July, Thai Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon stated that the proposal would be deferred and subject to further review.

Thai–Cambodia relations one year after the ICJ judgement

11 November 2014 marks the first anniversary of the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) reinterpretation of its judgement dispute. The ICJ’s decision on 18 July 2011 to reconsider its 1962 ruling ended a three year armed border conflict, from 2008 to 2011, over the area around the temple.

Is Thailand arming civilians in the south? Not quite

Concerns were raised about the distribution of weapons to civilian volunteers in Thailand's southern border provinces. While these concerns are valid, it is important to understand that the distribution of weapons does not necessarily represent a significant escalation

Assessing Regional Cooperation: ASEAN States, Migrant Worker Rights and Norm Socialization in Southeast Asia

Ruji Auethavornpipat, ‘Assessing Regional Cooperation: ASEAN States, Migrant Worker Rights and Norm Socialization in Southeast Asia’ Global Change, Peace & Security, 29(2) 2017: 129-43

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