Michael J. Montesano

Dr Michael Montesano is Visiting Senior Fellow and Coordinator of the Thailand Studies Programme and Myanmar Studies Programme at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute.

He spent six years as managing editor of the ISEAS journal SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia. His life in the region began in the 1980s, when he served as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in South Thailand and studied agriculture at the University of the Philippines at Los Baños.

Articles by Michael J. Montesano (7)

Hale and Hearty Plans for Thailand’s Andaman Coast

Michael J. Montesano

Thailand's ambitious plans for a wellness corridor along its Andaman Coast underscores the coming together of different players for the development of the country's regions.

Decoding Phuket Province’s Demand for Autonomy

Tita Sanglee|Michael J. Montesano

There are growing calls in Phuket, Thailand’s tourism powerhouse, to become more autonomous from the central authorities in Bangkok. While such an idea has not gained traction outside Phuket, the province might need to think deeper about what autonomy entails, and in what form.

Co-opting Civilians into Myanmar’s State Administration Council Junta

Htet Myet Min Tun|Moe Thuzar|Michael J. Montesano

The inclusion of civilians on the country’s latest junta is impossible to understand without a clear appreciation that that this junta is above all an anti-NLD project. This article examines the profiles of the civilians co-opted into the junta.

Min Aung Hlaing and His Generals: Some Biographical Notes

Htet Myet Min Tun|Moe Thuzar|Michael J. Montesano

Following his 1 February seizure of power in Naypyitaw, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing formed an 11-member junta called the State Administration Council (SAC). This article examines the biographical profiles of junta’s key military members, in an effort to better understand the regime.

In Dominating the Provinces, Bangkok Leaves Nothing to Chance

Michael J. Montesano

Whether as a source of royal blessings or through the power of its rent-seekers, Bangkok’s hold over provincial Thailand endures.