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Termsak Chalermpalanupap

Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap is a Visiting Fellow and Acting Coordinator of the Thailand Studies Programme, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute.

Previously he had been a researcher on ASEAN political and security cooperation at the Institute’s ASEAN Studies Centre. Prior to joining the Institute in July 2012, Dr. Termsak had served at the ASEAN Secretariat for nearly 20 years. His last post before retirement in July 2012 was director of the APSC Department’s Division of Political and Security Cooperation. Prior to joining the ASEAN Secretariat in early 1993, Dr Termsak had worked at The Nation, an English-language daily in Bangkok.

Articles by Termsak Chalermpalanupap (34)

Thaksin’s Machinations and Overturning the People’s Mandate

Termsak Chalermpalanupap

Exiled prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has sought a route for his return to Thailand. Unfortunately, any new political configuration would involve a compact between the Pheu Thai Party and its erstwhile enemies. This would subvert the electoral mandate of the people.

Dark Horse Could Win Thai Premiership

Napon Jatusripitak|Termsak Chalermpalanupap

There has been much speculation as to whether the Move Forward Party might be able to install its candidate as the prime minister of Thailand. But the country’s next leader might well emerge from the ranks of Pheu Thai, the opposition party which won the second-largest number of seats in the recent elections.

Move Forward Party Has Won the Election, but May Lose the Premiership Race

Termsak Chalermpalanupap

The Move Forward Party’s surprise victory in the Thai general election was a major upset for the Pheu Thai Party. However, Pheu Thai may be better positioned to form the next government. It has the flexibility of working with some parties in the Prayut Administration; whereas Move Forward, which is 63 votes short of winning the premiership, has rejected working with all parties in the previous government coalition.

Thailand’s Pheu Thai is Painting Itself Into a Corner

Termsak Chalermpalanupap

Even if Thailand’s leading opposition party sweeps the popular vote on 14 May 2023, its latest demands to prospective coalition partners mean that it may not be able to form a coalition strong enough to win the premiership.

Move Forward’s Gains Spurring Pheu Thai to Deal With Auld Enemy

Termsak Chalermpalanupap

The recent gains made by the Move Forward party have compelled Pheu Thai, the country’s biggest opposition party, to consider possibilities previously deemed unpalatable.