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Thailand’s Election: Meltdown Coming?

by Joshua Kurlantzick
June 14, 2011

A motorcyclist rides past posters of candidates for the upcoming mayoral elections in Bangkok June 13, 2011.

A motorcyclist rides past posters of candidates for the upcoming mayoral elections in Bangkok June 13, 2011. (Chaiwat Subprasom/Courtesy Reuters)

As the clock ticks toward Thailand’s elections on July 3, the omens for some kind of nationwide peace and reconciliation don’t look good. The military apparently is warning opposition candidates, while the opposition Puea Thai party is stepping up its rhetoric against the government and also increasingly making former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra the center of its campaign.

In my new CFR expert brief, I examine the elections, Thailand’s political crisis, and whether the U.S. can help restore what was once one of the most promising democracies in Asia.

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