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Video: Duncan McCargo on the Political and Economic Impact of Thailand's Floods

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In a video interview, Asia Society Associate Fellow Duncan McCargo, the 2009 Bernard Schwartz Book Award winner, analyzes the political and economic implications of Thailand's worst flooding in more than half a century.

Photo of the Day: Buggin' Out

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"Shield Bug" in Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand. (Troup1/Flickr)

A Coming Thaw in Thai-Cambodian Ties?

A Cambodian solider guards the grounds of the 11th-century Preah Vihear temple as tensions remain high on both sides of the border, on Feb. 8, 2011 in Preah Vihear, Cambodia. The 900-year-old temple belongs to Cambodia following a 1962 World Court ruling but this remains disputed by many Thais. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
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Yingluck Shinawatra's triumph in the recent Thai general elections creates space for rapprochement with Cambodia. 

Yingluck promptly promised to "restore good relations with neighboring countries" — a swipe at the outgoing government of Abhisit Vejjajiva, which presided over a tense period of Thai-Cambodian confrontation over Preah Vihear temple and other disputed sites.

The border dispute became entangled with the red-yellow rivalry in Thai domestic politics in 2008.

Yingluck's Win: Potential Crisis or Step Forward for Thai Democracy?

Pheu Thai candidate Yingluck Shinawatra greets supporters in Chiang Rai province on May 22, 2011. Shinawatra and her party went on to win a decisive victory in Thailand's elections on July 3. (Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP/Getty Images)
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The Pheu Thai party’s victory in Thailand's July 3 elections could turn into a new crisis rather than being a step forward for Thailand’s fragile democracy. If the Pheu Thai were to implement all the outlandish election promises it has given — free computers to all schoolchildren, free wi-fi, higher rice prices for the farmers, generous pensions for the elderly, new super-fast trains, a substantial increase in the minimum wage and so on — it would ruin the country’s economy.

Thailand, One Year Later: No Compromise in Sight?

Anti-government Thai demonstrators flee during a clash with soldiers near central Bangkok's Lumphini Park on May 13, 2010. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
Policy March 12, 2011 marks the one-year anniversary of the start of Thailand's anti-government Red Shirt protests

Thailand's Capital Still Under Emergency Rule

Red shirt protestors use a sling shot to launch a firecracker at Thai security forces from inside their encampment on May 13, 2010 in Bangkok. (Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images)
Policy Not only has the government had to deal with an insurgency on its southern border, but the violent political clashes in Bangkok between protestors and government troops resulted in over 80 deaths and left 1,500 people wounded.