Tuesday 6 May 2014, 1.00pm, B13, Lincoln's Inn Fields
Speaker: Dr Pavin Chachavalpongpun; Chair: Dr Kirsten E. Schulze
The much-revered monarchy has been at the centre of Thai political life for decades. Credit of its success must be given to King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest reigning monarch today. Since the military coup of 2006, however, the monarchy’s domination of political power has been seriously threatened. The coup that was meant to protect the interests of the royal prerogatives stirred up anti-monarchy sentiment among many supporters of the red-shirt movement. They became aware of the extent to which the monarchy had long been actively involved in politics, with the backing of the army, despite its confined role under the constitution. The speaker will examine the role of the Thai monarchy in the country’s protracted political conflicts as well as discussing the future of the throne in the post Bhumibol period.
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Dr Pavin Chachavalpongpun is an Associate Professor at Kyoto's University Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, Japan.
Dr Kirsten Schulze is Associate Professor of International History and Head of the Southeast Asia International Affairs Programme at LSE IDEAS.
B13, Lincoln's Inn Fields, LSE.