Reuters: SIU on General Election and Military

Reuters has a news story of 28 April 2010 on Thailand’s next general election and the relationship with the military side. The news story, entitle “As election looms, Thai generals go on offensive” also quotes Kan Yuenyong, SIU Director, for his analysis on the army latest movement.

Reuters has a news story of 28 April 2011 on Thailand’s next general election and the relationship with the military side. The news story, entitle “As election looms, Thai generals go on offensive” also quotes Kan Yuenyong, SIU Director, for his analysis on the army latest movement.

The Thai army has for decades made protecting the monarchy a priority, guaranteeing the military political influence.

“That balance of power between key institutions in Thailand is being threatened,” said Karn Yuenyong, director of Siam Intelligence Unit, an independent think tank.

“What we are seeing are reactions to that by all groups — those who want to maintain the status quo and those who are calling for reform of the institution (the monarchy).”

Ultra-nationalist “yellow shirts” and some influential conservatives fear pro-Thaksin forces could return to office, accelerating calls to reform the monarchy, and have urged a boycott of the poll. Some analysts say hawkish generals allied with nationalists could be trying to escalate the border conflict to scuttle the election.

“The border issue and sovereignty issue matter to a group of conservative elites in Thailand and this is one way the Thai army exerts its loyalty,” Karn added.

The full article is available on Reuters site.

Seminar: Thailand’s Direction

30 March 2011 – SIU and Asia Watch Group, Institute of Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn University co-hosted the public seminar “Thailand’s Direction” (ประเทศไทยจะไปทางไหนกัน) at Chulalongkorn University.

The event was opened by the chairman of Chulalongkorn University. The panelists are:

  • Gen. Boonsrang Niempradit – Former Supreme Commander
  • Uthai Pimjaichon – Former Speaker of the House of Representatives
  • Assoc.Prof. Dr. Gothom Arya – Director of Research Center of Peace Building, Mahidol University
  • Assoc.Prof. Dr. Sompop Manarungsan – President of Panyapiwat Institute of Management

The summary of seminar is available (in Thai) at Siam Intelligence web site.

Media appearance:

SIU on Springnews TV: Social Media and Thai Politics

19 February 2011 – Kan Yuenyong, SIU Executive Director, joined the discussion session on Springnews TV. He gave his opinion on the use of social media with Thai politics. The other panelists are Chiranuch Premchaiporn from Prachatai and Tham Cheusathapanasiri from Media Monitor.
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Reuters: SIU’s Analysis of Red Siam movement

Reuters have a story on “Red Siam” republicanism movement in Thailand. Karn Yuenyong, SIU Director, gave his opinion and analysis on this subject.

Reuters have a story on “Red Siam” republicanism movement in Thailand. Karn Yuenyong, SIU Director, gave his opinion and analysis on this subject.

“Red Siam” adds revolutionary twist to Thai crisis

SIU Join Sessions with Adam Kahane, Scenario Experts

In 2009 and early 2010, SIU has introduced “scenario planning” as one methodology for peace negotiation and reconciliation in Thailand crisis. Our main output is the book Think Tank and the seminar Seminar “Get Over Thailand Conflict”, also Online TV program and several article published.

In 2009 and early 2010, SIU has introduced “scenario planning” as one methodology for peace negotiation and reconciliation in Thailand crisis. Our main output is the book Think Tank and the seminar Seminar “Get Over Thailand Conflict”, also Online TV program and several article published.

This week, Adam Kahane, a scenario expert who successfully brought this methodology into South Africa during 90s, comes to Thailand for observing and studying Thailand’s political situation. SIU was invited by organizer for two of Kahane’s sessions.
The first one was public seminar “Scenario to Shape the Future” on 16 August 2010 at National Defense College.

Adam Kahane in Thailand

The second session came a day later. It was a round-table discussion at Thai Journalist Association. The attendees include Paibul Wattanasiritham, former Deputy Prime Minister; Pokin Polakul, former president of the parliament; and Panithan Wattanayakorn, vice-secretary of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and acting government spokeman.

Adam Kahane in Thailand

Adam Kahane in Thailand

Adam Kahane in Thailand

Adam Kahane with Kan Yuenyong, SIU Director

Reuters Quote SIU on Bangkok Re-election

Reuters has a news story about 25-July Bangkok bombing at Ratchaprasong area and Bangkok re-election on district 6.

Reuters has a news story about 25-July Bangkok bombing at Ratchaprasong area and Bangkok re-election on district 6.

Kan Yuenyong, SIU Director, gave his opinion which was published in Reuters story:

The ruling Democrats are likely to play the results up as a symbolic victory that shows Bangkok’s 15 million people generally back Abhisit’s tough measures, said Karn Yuenyong, director of the independent Siam Intelligence Unit.