Pongphisoot Busbarat

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Thailand Under Yingluck: Part II

By Pongphisoot Busbarat
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Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s foreign policy positions have seemed to mirror those of her brother, exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, indicating a certain amount of continuity generally lacking in Thai diplomacy. But Yingluck’s government has struggled to strike a balance between regional powers, and its performance in foreign affairs has proved to be a mixed bag of success and failure. more

Thailand Under Yingluck: Part I

By Pongphisoot Busbarat
, , Briefing

Though often dismissed as the puppet of her exiled brother, Yingluck Shinawatra has survived several challenges since become Thailand’s first female prime minister in 2011. Yet despite initial hopes for reform, the past year and a half have demonstrated that the Yingluck government’s ultimate goal is to maintain its grip on power, and that Yingluck’s successes do not necessarily mean democratic progress. more