Going nowhere: Thailand’s coup, one year on

Commentaries and Op-eds May, 2015, The Lowy Interpreter

Today marks one year since the Thai junta came to power in a coup d’état.The move was ostensibly made to save the country from deadly street violence that had crippled Thai politics and left dozens dead and hundreds injured during more than six months of clashes. The junta, attempting to placate international concern, promised speedy elections (initially, within five months) and a roadmap for reforms to break years of political deadlock. The promised elections have been continually pushed back. This week the junta said they would again be postponed by a further six months, to August 2016.