Under military rule, social order is attained at the expense of economic growth while elected governments usually lead to political turmoil.
To end Thailand's cycle of military and failed civilian governments, its politicians have to go beyond their structurally determined paths and challenge the status quo.
Will Maha Vajiralongkorn, right, son of late King Bhumibol (left) be able to bear his constitutional duties?
Will the next King of Thailand be able to bear his constitutional duties?
What will the economic legacy of the coup and response be?
Quick measures by the central bank prevented a financial crisis, but investors are worried. Longer-term economic effects will depend on how long Erdogan's purge goes on.
The aftermath of the failed coup.
President Erdoğan has described the failed coup as a 'gift from god'. And we can expect him to make the most of it.
Taking over a country by military force is much harder in this age of globalised rights.
Alp Ozerdem reports from Turkey on a violent, thwarted attempt to take over the country by force. It was a bizarre night of botched announcements and presidential Facetime calls.
Jorge Rafael Videla takes the presidential oath after the 1976 coup.
Seven years of harsh military rule prompted the growth of a powerful human rights movement.
Members of the National Reform Council pose for photographs after voting to reject a draft constitution – a decision that will put elections on hold until 2017.
The rejection of the draft constitution is not necessarily a setback for Thailand's military junta. It may even have been a ploy to extend its rule well past the promised date for elections.
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha shows little sign of listening to growing public opposition to his military junta’s authoritarian rule.
A year ago, a military coup toppled Thailand's elected government. The junta promised elections once a new constitution is adopted, but its authoritarian rule betrays a hostility to real democracy.
Here we go again: protesters in Ouagadougou.
Burkina Faso has suddenly grabbed the world’s attention with a remarkable popular uprising, in which hundreds of thousands of Burkinabé have forced the resignation of long-serving president Blaise Compaor…
Thais pray at Bangkok’s Siriraj hospital for the king who has reigned over them for 69 years.
Late last Friday the King of Thailand was rushed from his seaside palace in Hua Hin to Siriraj hospital in Bangkok. The Palace issued an announcement that the King was suffering from a fever and a rapid…