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CFR experts give their take on the cutting-edge issues emerging in Asia today.

What’s Rallying Thaksin’s Supporters?

by Joshua Kurlantzick Tuesday, March 9, 2010

In the wake of the February 26 court decision seizing the majority of former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s assets, the whole Thai political class is wondering what happens next, and Thaksin’s supporters are promising to bring hundreds of thousands of protestors to Bangkok next week. After the decision, and the expected protest, can Thailand heal its increasingly sharp divisions? Read more »

Report from Thailand: The Political Divide and the Judiciary

by Joshua Kurlantzick Wednesday, March 3, 2010

It’s Antonin Scalia’s nightmare. Challenged over the past decade by the rise of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, the first Thai leader to unite the rural poor and challenge entrenched elites, those elites – the military, Bangkok businesspeople, the monarchy – have fought back, using a unique weapon. Thailand has in many ways become what some observers are calling a “judiocracy”: Powerful judges, egged on by the crown, deliver verdicts designed to cripple Thaksin and his supporters, and keep the elites in power. Read more »

The United States and South Korea: Challenges and Remedies for Wartime Operational Control

by Guest Blogger for Scott A. Snyder Monday, March 1, 2010
South Korean Defense Minister Kim and U.S. Defense Secretary Gates shake hands during the 39th annual South Korea-U.S. Security Consultative Meeting at the Defense Ministry in Seoul (Jo Yong Hak/ Courtesy Reuters). South Korean Defense Minister Kim and U.S. Defense Secretary Gates shake hands during the 39th annual South Korea-U.S. Security Consultative Meeting at the Defense Ministry in Seoul (Jo Yong Hak/ Courtesy Reuters).

Bruce E. Bechtol Jr. is Professor of International Relations at Marine Corps Command and Staff College. The views expressed in this paper are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, the Marine Corps University, or the United States Government. Read more »