SOAS University of London

Centre of South East Asian Studies

The Land of Smiles Under Martial Law: Thailand Six Months On

Dr. Michael ​​Buehler (SOAS, University of London), Dr Enze Han (SOAS, University of London) and Mr Verapat Pariyawong

Date: 20 November 2014Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 20 November 2014Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Vernon Square Room: V111

Type of Event: Panel Discussion

Join us for a panel discussion on the situation in Thailand since the establishment of military government on 22 May 2014.This panel discussion will be chaired by Dr. Rachel Harrison.


Buehler Michael

Dr Michael Buehler is a Lecturer in Comparative Politics in the Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS, University of London. Specializing in Southeast Asian politics, his teaching and research interests evolve around state-society relations under conditions of democratization and decentralization. Previously he taught at Columbia University and Northern Illinois University. He has also held research fellowships at the Center for Equality Development and Globalization Studies at Northwestern University in Chicago, the Weatherhead East Asian Institute in New York City, and the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies in Leiden. Michael Buehler has been an Associate Research Fellow at the Asia Society in New York City since 2011. 


Enze Han

Dr. Enze Han is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS, University of London. His research interests include ethnic politics in China and China's relations with Southeast Asia. His recent publications include Contestation and Adapation: The Politics of National Identity in China(OUP, 2013), and with various articles appearing in The Journal of Contemporary China, The China Quarterly, Nationalities Papers, Security Studies, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, among others. Previously, Dr. Han was a postdoctoral fellow in the China and the World Program, Princeton University. He received a Ph.D in Political Science from the George Washington University. 


Verapat Pariyawong
Verapat Pariyawong

Verapat Pariyawong is a recognized Thai legal advisor and political commentator. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at SOAS, University of London.He previously served as Special Counsel to Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand and Honorary Advisor to Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives of Thailand. He holds a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School where he was also a Fulbright Scholar and held honorary distinction for his LL.M. paper on Thai constitutional and political issues. He was guest-lecturer and speaker at various universities and leading institutions in Thailand; and among his audience were the current and former Prime Ministers of Thailand, the Speaker of the Thai Parliament and the Speaker of the Thai Senate. He co-authored a policy study report on Thai electoral system for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and published articles and chapters on constitutional and international law in academic journals and liber amicorum.

Apart from appearing regularly in the Thai press, his comments were reported internationally by ABC (Australia), Agence France-Presse, Aljazeera, Associated Press, BBC World Service, Channel News Asia, China Central Television (CCTV), DPA (Germany), Kyodo (Japan), the New York Times, the Strait Times, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal and Xinhua News Agency.

Organiser: Organised by SOAS CSEAS and SOAS Thai Society

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