In recent months, public life in Thailand has been overshadowed by the momentous October 13, 2016 passing of long-reigning King Bhumibol, and the December 1 accession of the King Vajiralongkorn to the throne. Although a popular referendum approved the 2016 draft constitution last August, that constitution has yet to pass into law, and no date has been set for the next general election. As the ruling military junta completes its third year in power, freedom of expression remains severely constrained, and Thailand faces a range of economic and social challenges. During this third Columbia Thailand Update event, eight speakers will present their research and views on the latest developments and prospects, at a crucial juncture in the country’s history.
Tyrell Haberkorn, Research Fellow, Australian National University
Puangchon Unchanam, Ph.D. Student in Political Science, CUNY Graduate Center
Allen Hicken, Ronald and Eileen Weiser Professor of Emerging Democracies, University of Michigan
Duncan McCargo, Visiting Professor of Political Science, Columbia University
Arwiphawee Srithongrung, Associate Professor of Public Administration, Wichita State University
Kanda Naknoi, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Connecticut
Frank Munger, Professor of Law, New York Law School
Penchan Phoborisut, Assistant Professor of Communications, California State University-Fullerton
Please register for the event through the link below.