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Media Activities

We discussed our findings, the 2019 Thai election and subsequent developments on the following programmes:

Facebook live interview on the ongoing student protests in Thailand, 9 November 2020 (in Thai) (Alexander),

BBC World Service TV News, discussing Thai constitutional politics and the recent protests, 24 October 2020 (McCargo).

Australian Broadcasting Corporation, ‘Protestors in Thailand defy government crackdown’ radio programme, 19 October 2020 (McCargo)

BBC World Service TV News, discussing Thai electoral politics and the recent protests, 20 September 2020 (McCargo).

‘Thailand Unsettled Episode 8 [in Thai],’ 22 July 2019. 11,786 views. (Alexander)

‘Linguistic analysis of the Election Commission referendum song’, Voice TV, 7 June 2016, (Alexander – telephone interview)

‘Thailand’s 2019 elections as seen by foreign scholars [in Thai]’ BBC Thai Service, Facebook Live, March 15, 2019. 225,223 views. (Desatova)

Media Quotes

NBC News on Thai protestors and political context, 25 November 2020 (McCargo),

BBC Thai Service piece on dissolution of Future Forward Party, 21 February 2020, (Desatova)

Amy Gunia, ‘A Thai Opposition Party That Pushed for Democratic Reform Has Just Been Disbanded’, Time, 21 February 2020, (McCargo)

‘Thailand’s Future Forward Party Has the Support of Young Thais. A Court Could Disband It Entirely.’ Time, January 20, 2020. (McCargo)

‘The 99% election: Thais are worse off after five years of military rule.’ Nikkei Asian Review, March 6, 2019, (Alexander)

‘Thai Court Rules Pro-Democracy Party Leader Violated Electoral Law,’ The Wall Street Journal, November 20, 2019. (McCargo)

‘Social media is the new dais for Asian elections.’ The Sociable, February 19, 2019. (McCargo)

‘Thai election: can Shinawatras keep it in the family, again?’ South China Morning Post, February 9, 2019. (McCargo)

‘Thais to vote in February for first time since invalidated 2014 poll.’ The Guardian, January 11, 2019. (McCargo)

‘Thai election fight turns to YouTube, Facebook after campaign ban.’ The Straits Times, November 29, 2018. (McCargo)

‘Report on the Thailand Update 2017 seminar: Discussing the monarchy, Deep South and the role of economy under the military.’ Prachatai, April 28, 2017: (McCargo)

Op-Eds and Commentaries

Alexander, Saowanee T. ‘The “disobedient” Northeast returns: the case of “Run Against Dictatorship” in Ubon Ratchathani’, The Isaan Record, 11 February 2020,

Alexander, Saowanee T. ‘Cooptation doesn’t work: how redshirts voted in Isan.’ New Mandala, April 10, 2019.

Alexander, Saowanee T. ‘On Thailand’s 2019 election: The Isaan Red Shirts have returned, but where is Godot?’ The Isaan Record, January 24, 2019.

Alexander, Saowanee T. ‘Delayed Elections and Growing Frustrations in Northeastern Thailand.’ ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute, January 22, 2019.

Alexander, Saowanee T. ‘Dazed and Confused with Mixed Results in Ubon Ratchathani’s Referendum Vote.’ The Isaan Record, September 10, 2016.

Desatova, Petra. ‘What happened to Thailand’s Democrat Party?’ ThaiDataPoints, April 15, 2019.

McCargo, Duncan, ‘Looking forward to Thailand’s future: four scenarios emerge for the opening of a new political space’, Nikkei Asia, October 27, 2020,

McCargo, Duncan, ‘Thanathorn: the rise and fall of a Thai political icon,’ Nikkei Asia, October 20, 2020.

McCargo, Duncan, ‘Det er afgørende, at de thailandske oprørere skaffer sig venner fra andre samfundsgrupper [It is vital that Thai protesters involve people from other sections of society],’ Politiken, September 23, 2020.

McCargo, Duncan, ‘Can Thailand’s Protest Movement Broaden Its Appeal?’ Foreign Policy, September 25, 2020.

McCargo, Duncan. ‘Thailand’s Groundhog Day.’ Foreign Policy, April 10, 2019.

McCargo, Duncan. ‘We Are Grown-Up Now and Can Choose for Ourselves.’ The New York Times, March 29, 2019.

McCargo, Duncan. ‘Lights Out on a Parliamentary Era in Thailand.’ Asia Times, December 14, 2018.

McCargo, Duncan. ‘Thailand’s Changing Party Landscape.’ ISEAS Perspective, October 12, 2018.

McCargo, Duncan. ‘A Vote for Dictatorship.’ Foreign Affairs, August 23, 2016.

McCargo, Duncan. ‘Thailand’s Ambiguous Referendum Result.’ Nikkei Asian Review, August 8, 2016.

McCargo, Duncan. ‘Thai junta marches toward day of reckoning.’ Nikkei Asian Review, April 12, 2016.

Last updated: 27 February 2021