Public seminar on ‘Democracy and Freedom of Expression’ in Ubon Ratchathani

By Saksith Saiyasombut There were a few events and discussion panels on freedom of speech and how the lèse majesté laws is heavily contributing to the continuous deterioration of that in Thailand in recent years. There was the panel discussion with Sulak, Pravit, Marshall and Anderson hosted by Siam Voices contributor Lisa Gardner, then at the FCCT … More Public seminar on ‘Democracy and Freedom of Expression’ in Ubon Ratchathani

Analysis: Is Thailand’s military compromising for the sake of reconciliation?

Originally published at Siam Voices on May 18, 2012 The East Asia Forum recently published a column on the current political role of Thailand’s military written by John Blaxland, Senior Fellow at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University with 30 years of service experience with the Australian Military and also a graduate of the … More Analysis: Is Thailand’s military compromising for the sake of reconciliation?

Thammasat University split as it debates for and against Nitirat

By Saksith Saiyasombut The debates over the Nitirat group’s proposals to amend the constitution and the lèse majesté law have become considerably heated and in parts downright ugly over the past weeks. Thammasat University became the venue and the center of controversy as most of the lectures of the group (consisting of 7 Thammasat law lectures) … More Thammasat University split as it debates for and against Nitirat

Video: ‘Challenging the Sovereign Narrative’ – (Social) Media in the Thai Political Crisis

Originally published at Siam Voices on December 23, 2011 (Note: This post was supposed to be up much, much earlier but was pushed back due to the floods and the re-relocation of the author back to Germany. Apologies to all involved for the momentous delay!) Back in late September I was invited to hold a … More Video: ‘Challenging the Sovereign Narrative’ – (Social) Media in the Thai Political Crisis

Announcing: Talk at Payap University on September 27, 2011

This is an open event, anyone is invited to come and you can RSVP on the Facebook event page. Also, you have any suggestions and hints for material, links, videos etc. send me an email, tweet or post on my Facebook page. “Challenging the Sovereign Narrative – Media Perceptions of the Thai Political Crisis and the (missing) Role of … More Announcing: Talk at Payap University on September 27, 2011

‘Justice Delayed, Justice Denied’ – A public seminar on last year’s violence and what has (not) happened since

Originally published at Siam Voices on June 27, 2011 A public seminar has criticized the government that little to nothing has happened in the official investigations of the deaths during the red shirt protests of April and May 2010. The event, organized by the People’s Information Center: April – May 2010 (PIC) was held at Thammasat University … More ‘Justice Delayed, Justice Denied’ – A public seminar on last year’s violence and what has (not) happened since

Talk on Thai Politics and Military at Payap University, Chiang Mai

The Thai and Southeast Asian Studies Program at Payap University is proud to announce the following special lecture as part of “PAYAP PRESENTS,” a regular lecture series (in English) featuring scholars working on Southeast Asia. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC “Thailand in Crisis: Resurgent Military, Diminished Democracy, and Future Possibilities” Speaker: Paul Chambers, Ph.D. … More Talk on Thai Politics and Military at Payap University, Chiang Mai

UPDATE: Venue Changed! – Announcing: Panel on the Thai Political Crisis at the University of Hamburg

Note: Official announcement in German language below. I’m happy to announce one of the reasons why I have been very busy the last few weeks: The student body of the faculty of Thai Studies at the University Hamburg, Germany (which I’m a member of) are hosting a panel discussion on the ongoing political crisis in Thailand. Since events … More UPDATE: Venue Changed! – Announcing: Panel on the Thai Political Crisis at the University of Hamburg

Chambers: The Challenges for Thailand’s Military

New Mandala has posted a guest article by Paul Chambers, a senior research fellow at the University of Heidelberg, Germany and an expert on civil-military relations in southeast Asia, about the Thai military and its upcoming challenges. Key excerpt: In the aftermath of the May 19 victory over the Red Shirts and Thaksin, Thailand’s military … More Chambers: The Challenges for Thailand’s Military