Thailand

Business, Economics and Jobs

Southeast Asia hopes a new common market will give it clout, but it may have a weak link in Thailand

Not so long ago, Thailand could boast about having one of the fastest growth rates in the world. But political turbulence, protests and a couple of coups have taken their toll. And there's anxiety about what will happen when the beloved king dies. How might the new Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic Community help Thailand get its act back together? What risks does Thailand's volatility have for a nascent regional grouping, with big aspirations to counterbalance China?

Conflict & Justice

Rural 'red shirt' protesters

The 'Red Shirt' protesters in Bangkok, Thailand say they represent the poor. Many are from the country's poorer regions in rural northeast Thailand. Simon Montlake went there to learn what is fueling the deadly political tensions in the capital.