Located at the heart of South-east Asia, the Kingdom of Thailand covers a total area of approximately 513,120 sq km, making it the 52nd-largest nation in the world by area. It is bound geographically by the nations of Cambodia to the east, Laos to the northeast, Malaysia to the south and Myanmar to the west. Its major natural boundaries include the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, which straddle the Kra Isthmus to the west and east, respectively. Thailand’s largest city is Bangkok, which has…
From The Report: Thailand 2018
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Following the death of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej in October 2016, a major chapter in the history of the kingdom closed and another opened, with His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun now on the throne. Meanwhile, the government of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), led by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, continues to rule following its removal of the civilian government in May 2014. The year ahead is shaping up to be one of transition, with the Thai electorate and international partners eager for the delayed elections to take place. The NCPO has promised stability and economic progress, something many citizens hope for as they await the opportunity to vote. This chapter contains a viewpoint from Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha; and interviews with Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam; and Shamshad Akhtar, Former Under-Secretary-General, UN; and Executive Secretary, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.