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Thailand: a kingdom of coups

Thailand is the most open society in southeast Asia. So why have so many of its governments been overthrown by the military?

By Ian Buruma   August 2015

Thailand's leader General Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha inspects armed forces in January 2014, a few months before overthrowing the government. © Ed Wray/Getty Images

More than 800,000 British people visit Thailand each year. Most of them are unaware of the political turmoil over the past decade. In many ways, Thailand is the most open country in southeast Asia. Yet, as Ian Buruma shows here, it is also one…

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