From coups to crises: where next for Thailand?

  • Tuesday, May 14, 2019
  • 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
  • Lowy Institute Level 3, 1 Bligh Street Sydney NSW Australia 2000

After a coup, a new constitution and a controversial election, Thailand’s political future remains as uncertain as ever. The general election in March, the first since the 2014 coup, was marred by allegations of irregularities and the election commission will not announce the final results until May. In the meantime, the commission has brought sedition charges against the leader of a pro-democracy party that did better than expected in the election.

Thailand is stuck in a protracted seesaw between democracy and military rule. How will the final election results affect this balance? What role, if any, will King Vajiralongkorn play in determining Thailand’s future trajectory after his coronation in May? And how will the political impasse impact Thailand’s chairmanship of ASEAN this year?

Join leading Thai political scientist Professor Thitinan Pongsudhirak and Director of Lowy Institute’s Southeast Asia Project Ben Bland for a discussion on what happens next in one of Southeast Asia’s most volatile nations.

Thitinan Pongsudhirak is Director of the Institute of Security and International Studies and Associate Professor of International Political Economy at the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok.

Thitinan’s visit to Australia is part of the ASEANAustralia Visiting Fellows Program at the Lowy Institute, which is supported by the Australian Government through the AustraliaASEAN Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Please note this event will also be held in Canberra on 15 May and Melbourne on 16 May 2019. Details are available at:

Sydney Event 14 May

Canberra Event 15 May

Melbourne Event 16 May