Former Senior Analyst, Australia’s Office of National Assessments (ONA)
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Thailand's COVID crisis
At the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Thailand won global praise for the quality of its response. It has since watched a rising caseload overwhelm world-class public health defences. Craig Keating argues that government complacency left the country unprepared for the influx of new, highly-transmissible, virus strains.
Thailand: lost in litigation
Thailand was once a regional favourite for foreign investors – a status that has come under increasing challenge in recent years. As former intelligence agency analyst Craig Keating finds, a protracted legal saga over a failed Bangkok construction project offers some pointers as to why investors have been losing faith.
Less than majestic: the application of Thailand’s royal defamation law
Thailand’s laws against defaming the monarchy are back in the spotlight amid popular demands to curtail royal privilege. But as former intelligence agency analyst Craig Keating notes, any changes to the lèse majesté system will need the intervention of the king himself.
Thailand’s Summer of Discontent
In a test of the resolve of Thailand's rulers, student protesters in recent weeks have been agitating for deep institutional reform, including to the powers of the monarchy. Former intelligence agency analyst Craig Keating argues the student demands highlight fundamental differences in Thai society over the role of the state and are likely to shape the direction of politics in the coming months.