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Control and command mentality will undermine reform
November 20, 2014 7:17 am

Control and command mentality will undermine reform

If the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) and the Prayut government think "control and command" is the name of the game when it comes to dealing with the media and academics, then the reform process is bound to fail even before the...

What does a constitution for reform and reconciliation look like?
November 13, 2014 1:00 am

What does a constitution for reform and reconciliation look like?

If the chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee had his way, the new charter would be brief, devoted to national reconciliation, a deterrent to "populist policy" and would first be subject to a national referendum.

Will General Prayut keep his roadmap deadline?
November 6, 2014 1:00 am

Will General Prayut keep his roadmap deadline?

A renowned astrologer known for his public support of the military has gone on the record as suggesting that one year might not be sufficient for Premier Prayut Chan-o-cha to put the country back on track.

Reform Council: Nobody is promising utopia in one year
October 30, 2014 1:00 am

Reform Council: Nobody is promising utopia in one year

The chairman of the National Reform Council (NRC), Dr Thianchay Kiranant, may have been described by some close friends as being "straight as a ruler" - meaning that he isn't someone to strike a compromise even if it's politically...

Reform agenda: Separate politics from state enterprises
October 23, 2014 1:00 am

Reform agenda: Separate politics from state enterprises

We have yet to hear from the "superboard" what measures will be taken to overhaul the country's state enterprises. But if the State Enterprise Policy Commission, as the board is officially known, fails to "depoliticise" all...

Reform blueprint might just be a red herring to divert public...
October 16, 2014 1:00 am

Reform blueprint might just be a red herring to divert public...

At first glance, the "reform blueprint" released by the Defence Ministry Permanent Secretary's Office to members of the newly formed National Reform Council (NRC) looks rather suspicious.

Bhutan: Can social media enhance Gross National Happiness?
October 9, 2014 1:00 am

Bhutan: Can social media enhance Gross National Happiness?

Bhutan, the only country in the world to make "Gross National Happiness (GNH)" a national policy, has also drawn up a social media policy with an interesting twist: the social networks can be an important tool for GNH and good governance.

What exactly will the 250 'reformers' be doing?
October 2, 2014 1:00 am

What exactly will the 250 'reformers' be doing?

Premier Prayut Chan-o-cha has pleaded with the public to refrain from making critical remarks about how the 250 members of the National Reform Council (NRC) were picked. He promised to replace anyone who doesn't prove to be qualified.

From analog control to digital coup?
September 25, 2014 1:00 am

From analog control to digital coup?

It should have come as no surprise to those in the know. But then very few people in the know were involved in the plan to declare "the digital economy" the main pillar of the Prayut Cabinet.

Taxing the rich: It's tough. That's why it must be done
September 18, 2014 1:00 am

Taxing the rich: It's tough. That's why it must be done

You can't say Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha isn't ambitious in his national agenda. As soon as he put down in writing that his government will tax the rich to create a more equitable society, cynics began to suggest that he had bitten...