The United States cannot ignore the risk of Al-Qaeda and Haqqani leadership exploiting instability in Pakistan.
Despite Suthep’s high popularity in Bangkok and Southern Thailand and corruption allegations against Yingluck, his methods are undemocratic. As long as opposition parties resort to such extreme methods to express discontent towards the government, Thailand will remain a failed democracy.
This is the first in a two-part series on Thailand’s political crisis. Part one provides context by explaining the legacy of Thaksin Shinawatra; next week, part two will unpack the complexities of the crisis and offer recommendations.
Despite its wish to avoid outside arbitration and multilateralization of the South China Sea disputes, China’s actions demonstrate its concerted efforts towards exerting continuous and effective control over these territories.