In May 2014, after eight months of crippling street protests in Bangkok, the Thai military under the command of General Prayuth Chan-ocha launched a coup d’état and overthrew Yingluck Shinawatra’s democratically elected government. Six months on, many in Thailand and around the world remain uncertain about the military-backed government’s intentions to re-define constitutional democracy. This seminar, moderated by renowned Thai studies scholar and UBC Geography professor Dr Jim Glassman, features four eminent panelists who will present their insights on the challenges and opportunities ahead for Thailand.
DR JIM GLASSMAN, Moderator
Professor, UBC Department of Geography
DR CHARLES KEYES
Emeritus Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington
DR ERIK KUHONTA
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, McGill University
DR PITCH PONGSAWAT via Skype
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University
Visiting Scholar, Harvard-Yenching Institute
DR YVES TIBERGHIEN
Director, UBC Institute of Asian Research
Associate Professor, UBC Department of Political Science
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