Thailand’s political soldiers

 

Over at East Asia Forum, Desmond Ball and I have a short analysis of the relationship between military professionalisation and Thai politics. We argue that “Thailand’s increasingly professional army is yet to disentangle itself from politics: it remains a potent political force and has proved willing to make abrupt interventions to protect its role.”  We offer a brief explanation for this state of affairs.  The full article, which appeared in the last edition of the East Asia Forum Quarterly, is available here.