History and International Politics Departments to host Thai exile

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Dr Pavin Chachavalpongpun

THE DEPARTMENT of History and Welsh History and the Department of International Politics will host Thai political commentator and exile, Pavin Chachavalpongpun (Kyoto University, Japan) on Friday 27th February at 5pm. The talk, entitled ‘Thailand after the Coup: Prospects for Democracy’ will take place in the Main Hall of the International Politics building.

The Thai military seized power in May 2014 after months of pro-establishment street protests. Since then, these same establishment forces have moved against the incumbent government and clamped down on any dissent. Human rights violations have seen a dramatic increase, democratic forces have been significantly curtailed and media censorship has made serious political debate impossible. This talk will outline events in Thailand since the coup, and what the possibilities for a return to a representative form of government might be.

Pavin Chachavalpongpun is a Thai political commentator based at the Centre of Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, Japan. As an outspoken critic of Thailand’s military government following their seizure of power, he had his passport revoked after failing to report to the Junta. He has continued to speak out against military rule, and has authored a number of articles on Thai politics. He also edited an influential collection of essays on the 2006 military takeover that saw then Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, removed from power.