Prajak Kongkirati is the author of Thailand’s Failed 2014 Election: The Anti-Election Movement, Violence and Democratic Breakdown (DOI: 10.1080/00472336.2016.1166259), which appears in the JCA special issue “Military, Monarchy and Repression: Assessing Thailand’s Authoritarian Turn.”
Prajak is interviewed in the online newspaper Prachatai on the aims of the Thai military junta during its now two years in power.
He observes that many consider the military regime is turning Thailand’s political clock back. Some say it is 10 years, others say it is more than 30 years. Prajak, a political scientist at Thammasat University, thinks it is far darker. He expects to see setbacks of more than 50 years to a full authoritarian era.