Michael J. Montesano

Dr Michael Montesano is Associate Senior Fellow at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute. He was previously Coordinator of the Thailand and Myanmar Studies Programme at the 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 (9)

Protesters point their torches to the sky to protest Pheu Thai Party’s decision to form a new government

Pheu Thai’s New Coalition Betrays the Faith of Voters

Michael J. Montesano

In choosing to align itself with military-backed parties, the Pheu Thai Party has betrayed the faith of voters who believed that democratic principles would best ensure Thailand’s future.

Prayut’s Suspension: The Authoritarian System Behind the Thai Premier

Michael J. Montesano

Questions about the political fate of Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha serve as a distraction. It is more important to understand the post-2014 authoritarian system that supports Prayut.

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.