Category: Southeast Asia

Thailand just can’t quit populism

NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW OPINION Even if elections clear the political air, country will struggle to reshape economy William Pesek Thailand’s leaders make it all too easy for economists on the hunt for populists. That, unfortunately, includes the current military regime, which grabbed power in 2014 to stabilize one of Asia’s most-promising economies politically and lay

Populism threatens Thailand again

NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW Junta prefers handouts to hard work building economy William Pesek As the Group of 20 leaders meets this weekend to assess the global economy, no topic is more pressing than the populist currents battering the world. There is a certain poetry to this meeting taking place in Argentina, a place grappling with