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Thailand to Hold General Elections After Junta Rule

January 30, 2019

Episode Notes:

Thailand is set to hold itsĀ first general election since the military seized power in a coup in 2014. The general election is scheduled for March 24th, though questions linger about the degree of democratic governance is possible afterward.

Joshua Kurlantzick, Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations, joins the WarCast to discuss what the general elections do and don't entail for politics in Thailand. (~11 minutes)

[ 0:17 ] Introduction
[ 0:38 ] Why previous postponements and why now
[ 2:15 ] Updates to the Thai Constitution and why
[ 4:32 ] Perceived concerns by the military the led to coup and changes
[ 9:22 ] Details of the 20-year "national strategy" designed by the military