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To fight graft, Freedom of Information Act must be overhauled
December 11, 2014 1:00 am

To fight graft, Freedom of Information Act must be overhauled

If the government is serious about reducing corruption, one of the most crucial steps to take is to get all political and bureaucratic agencies to disclose all relevant information to the public. Access to official information is vital to deterring...

When exactly is the next election due now?
December 4, 2014 1:00 am

When exactly is the next election due now?

Finance Minister Sommai Phasi triggered a mini-storm last week when he was quoted by the BBC as saying that the next election might not happen until the middle of 2016. "The timeline is more like 18 months than one year," he was quoted as...

Govt must pre-empt looming teacher crisis
November 27, 2014 1:00 am

Govt must pre-empt looming teacher crisis

If the ongoing reform process doesn't list education as one of the top priorities, the whole exercise will end up being a non-starter. All indications at the moment are that this might be the case.

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.