How America Can Put Thailand Back on Track – NYT, March 22, 2016
…And if the country’s conservative elites have fallen out of love with democracy, they continue to favor the West over China for their investments, their children’s education and their holidays.
Taking advantage of this exposure, the United States should lead an effort to subject these elites and the generals involved in the 2014 coup to restrictions on travel and financial transactions…
[There are several broad, dubious claims in this article, such as “the threat of social unrest is rising.” On the contrary, Thaksin’s recent moves to challenge the junta seemed to bring into focus a surprising lack of cohesion in his supporters and pointed up the apparent waning of his political influence.
From the Thai perspective, this push for elections is only debated in terms of “what ulterior motive does the U.S. have for wanting to return Thaksin to power?”]