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Essay, JUL/AUG 2014
Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan

Revolts against authoritarian regimes don’t always succeed -- but they’re more likely to if they embrace civil resistance rather than violence. Over the last century, nonviolent campaigns have been twice as likely to succeed as violent ones and they increase the chances that toppling a dictatorship will lead to peace and democracy.

Snapshot,
Elin Bjarnegård and Erik Melander

For years, both red and yellow activists in Thailand have claimed that they want to strengthen democracy on behalf of the Thai people -- even if that means condoning police and military interference. But activists make up a tiny portion of the country’s population, and their preferences are radically different from each other and from those of the broader Thai population.

Postscript,
Duncan McCargo

The celebratory mood in some corners of Thailand that followed Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's ouster is likely to prove short-lived. Her removal will only usher in an illegitimate regime that exacerbates tensions in the country and lays the groundwork for future protests.

Letter From,
Duncan McCargo

Railing against the Yingluck Shinawatra-led government in Thailand might provide some instant gratification for Bangkok’s frustrated middle classes, but these are the moves of people who are in deep denial about political realities: Thailand’s urbanized villagers -- among whom Yingluck and her brother, Thaksin, remain popular -- are the country’s future.

Essay, Nov/Dec 2009
Christopher S. Bond and Lewis M. Simons

Will President Barack Obama's visit to Indonesia herald a new era in relations between Washington and the countries of Southeast Asia? In 2009, Christopher S. Bond and Lewis M. Simons wrote that the United States should use trade, aid, and education to alleviate poverty and prevent terrorism in the region.

Reading List,
Erik Martinez Kuhonta

An annotated Foreign Affairs syllabus on Thai politics.

Essay, Jul/Aug 2009
Bertil Lintner

After widespread civil unrest, Thailand remains deeply polarized, its economy is contracting, and its king is getting older. Whatever the outcome of the present crisis, the future of Thai democracy does not look good.

Essay, Jan 1973
Maynard Parker

The implications of an uncertain ceasefire in Indochina and the possible beginning of separate political dialogues in Laos and Cambodia have again focused attention on Washington's alliance with Thailand, the only nation on the mainland of Southeast Asia which the United States is bound by treaty to defend. Significantly too, Thailand faces an increasingly serious, if not yet critical, insurgency. No matter how the situation in each of the three Indochina states is finally resolved, President Nixon's decisions on Thailand in the next year will largely determine the future course of American policy and involvement in Southeast Asia during the decade ahead.

Essay, Jan 1968
J. L. S. Girling

Insurgencies spring from local conditions. Though a truism, this statement is still valuable in helping to determine the probable seriousness of present or threatened communist guerrilla activities. Conditions in Northeast Thailand make it in many ways an obvious seat of insurgency, and the Thai and United States Governments are increasingly concerned.

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