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No promise of quick return to democracy after Thai coup

Last week’s military coup follows the traditions of Thai politics, where generals frequently intervene to end political paralysis. Yet, unlike Thailand’s many previous coups, this time there is no promise of a quick return to democracy. For many Thais, last week’s military coup was a welcome development after more than 6 months of political crisis […]

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Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej waves as his wife Queen Sirikit and son Vajiralongkorn look on on his 80th birthday at the Grand Palace in Bangkok

Thailand sits at edge of political storm

With Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s ousting at the hands of the Thai Supreme Court on May 7th, Thailand’s political paralysis is set to restart. The anti-government Yellow Shirts have welcomed the move, but Shinawatra’s zealous Red Shirt supporters have flocked to Bangkok. More ominously, the health of King Bhumibol (Rama IX) continues to decline, presenting a […]

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Myanmar Mandalay Temple Kutho Daw Pagoda; Source: DANIEL JULIE via Wikipedia

Is Myanmar a new El Dorado for foreign investors?

Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) moved from a 50-year-long military regime to budding civilian rule in 2011. The political transformation has initiated social and market reforms and has piqued foreign investors’ interest in one of the last Asian frontier markets to open. Having moved from being one of the richest countries in Asia before World War II to one of […]

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Asian Infrastructure development bank

Is the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank more of the same?

The Asian infrastructure market and the new investment vehicle, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), present a potentially highly attractive opportunity for investors. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has estimated that Asia needs to invest $8 trillion in national – and $290 billion in regional – infrastructure before 2020 to sustain its growth trajectory. Ambitious […]

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Forgotten southern insurgency divides Thailand

The political power struggle in Bangkok has dominated international reports from Thailand since the military coup seven years ago, yet a far more lethal conflict goes on in Thailand’s Deep South. In four provinces on the border with Malaysia, a Malay-Muslim separatist movement has left almost 6,000 dead and many more injured since the insurgency […]

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Why Thai political unrest is not just more of the same

Political unrest surrounding the recent elections in Thailand casts a shadow on the future of the economy, which has already experienced contractions. Continued political discord will make Thailand a less and less attractive destination for foreign capital. The Thai general elections took place on February 2, 2014. Voting is divided into eight electoral areas, each […]

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emerging markets

Why emerging markets are not collapsing

The recent rout of emerging markets prompt worries over a new emerging market crisis like those of the 1990s and early 2000s. While significant downside risks exist, differentiation is likely to take over as markets calm and investors pinpoint those countries with strong fundamentals and growth potential. Emerging markets have had a difficult few weeks. […]

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Singapore

U.S. Fed holds the fuse to Singapore’s bubble time bomb

The United States’ monetary policy has far-reaching, sometimes unintended consequences, and these past few years have seen unprecedented liquidity injections from the Fed. One way the stimulus manifests itself is as bubbles in other economies, where the ultra-low rate set by the Fed is like pouring gasoline on an already raging fire. Singapore’s benchmark interest […]

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Thai protests

Has Thailand lost faith in its democracy?

Thailand has experienced a surge of anti-government protests that could ultimately threaten the country’s democratic system. In a region characterized by autocratic and repressive governments, Thailand has been a rare pioneer of democracy. Its experience has been far from stable, however. With 11 successful and 7 attempted military coups Thailand has witnessed more coup d’états […]

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Yingluck Shinawatra

Investors withdraw as protests in Bangkok hurt growth

Thai growth, business confidence and the baht suffer, as mass protests in Bangkok over an amnesty bill continue. Mass public protests have been a regular occurrence in Bangkok over the past couple of weeks, reflecting a backlash against the decision of Thailand’s Lower House to pass a controversial Amnesty Bill on 1 November this year. […]

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