Assessing the Future of Thailand’s Military



About the Hybrid Seminar

In Thailand’s constitutional monarchy, the military has been, and continues to be, a leading political institution. Multiple coups have demonstrated such prowess, most recently in 2006 and 2014. During Thailand’s 2019-2023 “charade” democracy, military influence persisted indirectly. Since the 2023 general election, military clout has been in the shadows. The military faces two major obstacles: military factionalism and civilian demands for getting the military out of politics and vigorous military reform. What is the Srettha Administration trying to do to deter new coup attempts?

In this seminar, Dr Chambers will argue that the Thai military has become more factionalised, and it will continue to intervene in Thai politics. This means another coup in Thailand cannot be completely ruled out.

About the Speaker

Dr Paul Chambers is a lecturer and advisor for International Affairs at the Center of ASEAN Community Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Naresuan University, Phitsanulok, Thailand. Dr Chambers is a part-time Visiting Fellow at the Thailand Studies Programme of the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute. He has a PhD in political science from Northern Illinois University. His articles have appeared in Asian Survey, Contemporary Southeast Asia and The Journal of Contemporary Asia, among others. He speaks Thai, Lao, Burmese, Spanish, in addition to English.


This is a hybrid event which will be held at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute (ISEAS).

Attending the Event In-person at ISEAS

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Attending the Event Virtually via Webinar

To join the event virtually at the specified date and time using your internet devices, please register here to receive your unique login link for the webinar via the zoom platform.

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Thailand’s Most Influential Mastermind, or Troubled Captive of His Own Complicated Fate?



About the Webinar

A recent survey has identified former 2-time Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who has returned to Thailand after 17 years of overseas exile, as the most influential person in Thai politics.

The Thai King has commuted to only one year Thaksin’s eight years of jail term from three corruption convictions. Thaksin spent the first 180 days of his one-year jail term in the Police Hospital, undergoing some treatments and surgeries under mysterious circumstances. Upon completing this period, he was released into home detention on parole on February 18.

Merely three days after his release under parole, Thaksin welcomed former Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen for a private lunch. Two weeks later, he got permission to visit his hometown in Chiang Mai. On 26 March, he visited the H.Q. of Pheu Thai Party, where his youngest daughter Paetongtarn is the party leader. At the Pheu Thai party congress on 6 April, Thaksin reassured Pheu Thai members, via a video message, that Paetongtarn has his political DNA as well as the DNA of toughness and decisiveness of her mother to succeed and to lead Pheu Thai to greater glory.

In this webinar, two speakers will delve into the mysteries and implications of Thaksin’s recent activities.

About the Speakers

Professor Ukrist Pathmanand has been teaching political science at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. He is director of the Mekong Studies Center of Excellence, Institute of Asian Studies of Chulalongkorn University. He has done research on Thaksin’s power network. He received a B.A. degree in international relations from Ramkhamhaeng University in 1978, and a M.A. degree in international relations from Chulalongkorn University in 1983.

Assistant Professor Dr Weera Wongsatjachok is a lecturer in political science and public administration at Naresuan University, Phitsanulok. He is a former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Naresuan Social Science. He received a B.A. degree in political science (first class honours) in 2010 from Chulalongkorn University; a M.A. degree in politics from University of Sheffield, the UK; and a Ph.D. degree in comparative politics from Chulalongkorn University in 2015.


This webinar will be delivered online entirely. You can join the webinar at the specified date and time using devices (computer, phone, or tablet) with internet connection.

Please register here to receive your unique link for joining the webinar.

If you have questions for the speaker, please key in your questions via the Q&A, stating your name and affiliation. The moderator will field them to the speakers during the Q&A session.


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Webinar on “Thailand-Myanmar Relations in Regional Perspective: Issues and Challenges”


The webinar discussed the political dynamics of Thailand’s new government, which had assumed office in early September 2023, with a view to analyze Thailand’s future policy and approach to the ongoing Myanmar crisis. The Myanmar issue affects Thailand’s foreign policy including its role and position in ASEAN.



Webinar on “Pop Culture, Celebritydom, & Fandom: How Social Media Strategy Changed the Face of Thailand’s 2023 General Election”


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Seminar on “How Factions Lost but Patronage Politics Persists: Lessons from Thailand’s 2023 General Elections”


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Webinar on “Democratic Consolidation or Backsliding? Analysis and Implications of Thailand’s 2023 General Election”


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Webinar on “Thailand’s 2023 General Election”


In this webinar, Mr Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit (Leader of the Thai Progressive Movement) and Dr Prajak Kongkirati (Associate Professor, Thammasat University) discussed the different political scenarios that will follow after the 2023 Thailand election.



Webinar on “Change and Continuity in the Politics of Patronage in Thailand”


In this webinar, Dr Napon Jatusripitak, Visiting Fellow at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, examined the role of patronage politics in Thailand, and the implications for the upcoming Thai general election and beyond.