Thailand Confronts its Triple Disaster in 2020

This year was always going to be a tough one for Thailand, with the government led by Prayut Chan-o-cha trying to manage continuing political and economic challenges following last year’s contentious elections as well as rising domestic discontent that has rocked the country.

But 2020 has seen the concretization of what might be termed Thailand’s triple disaster. The combination of the global coronavirus pandemic, droughts, and choking fires have all combined to create a particularly difficult environment for the Thai government to navigate.

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Erin Cook