Anand Panyarachun and the Making of Modern Thailand

Editions Didier Millet, 15 .. 2019 - 608 ˹
Anand Panyarachun is regarded as one of the most politically astute leaders Thailand has ever produced. His two terms as an unelected prime minister in the early 1990s are considered a watershed period with effects that continue to echo down through the years. This in-depth biography starts with Anand's childhood in a bucolic Bangkok that was disrupted by World War II and the japanese occupation. It describes his formative years in postwar England and his rise at a young age to the top of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during the height of the Vietnam War. Anand's deep involvement in the ending of the US military presence in Thailand and his growing antagonism towards Thailand's military establishment led to the derailment of his stellar diplomatic career in the aftermath of a bloody right-wing coup in 1976. Having launched a second career in the private sector, Anand was unexpectedly invited to become prime minister in 1991. His cabinet of top technocrats, bureaucrats, and reformers is still considered one of the most progressive and productive Thailand has seen. Political violence a year later once again placed Anand in the middle of historic events. In recent decades, he was central to the drafting of the 'People's Constitution', and gave counsel to many, including future prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra during his neophyte political years.He was also called upon to lead a number of important commissions, including UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's 2004 high-level panel on threats to global peace. His long life story contains lessons that remain relevant to Thailand and the world t

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Dominic Faulder has been based in Thailand since the early 1980s, working as a journalist and editor for numerous news organisations and publications. He was a special correspondent for many years with the Hong Kong newsweekly Asiaweek with particular involvement in coverage of Burma/Myanmar and Cambodia during momentous periods in the 1980s and 1990s. He has been an associate editor with the Tokyo-based Nikkei Asian Review since 2014. Originally from London, he was educated at St Paul's and the University of Warwick.