Pavin Chachavalpongpun

Social Media and Youths in Japan & Southeast Asia: An Instrument for Political Change?

Much of Southeast Asia’s political domain has long been dominated by authoritarian/semi-authoritarian regimes. Part of their success in maintaining power was the ability to control the mainstream media, shaping the way in which information is shared, circulated, and manipulated. For a long time, both print and broadcast media were exploited to serve a variety of political purposes of these states. Because of the need to justify their existence, the media became an important component in guaranteeing their political staying power. Alongside other powerful tools, such as education and state propaganda, the media has been used to strengthen political regimes, and this sometimes dampens or stokes political conflicts [...]

Message from the Editor

KRSEA has achieved its new milestone both in terms of greater global reach and its continued promotion of indigenous languages of Southeast Asia. It is now time to celebrate our achievement with the launch of this book. At the Crossroads unravels a critical juncture in Southeast Asia, from 2017 to 2021, a juncture replete with changes, contestations and challenges facing the region, from different viewpoints: political, economic, social, and cultural. This time, we bring together all the English articles published from January 2017 to December 2020 into one volume.


Thaksin’s Checkmate and the Unravelling of Thailand’s Constitutional Order

by Prem Singh Gill in Issue 36

The recent political developments orchestrated by Thaksin Shinawatra in Thailand, including his return from exile, strategic alliances, and the election of a Prime Minister from his party, pose a significant threat to Thai constitutional law and the rule of law. Thaksin’s strategic alliances with former military rivals, and the subsequent election of a Prime Minister from his party, the Pheu Thai Party, [...]

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