Perspectives on Elections in Thailand: A Discussion with Umesh Pandey

March 19, 2019 - 4:00 pm

1030 15th St NW
Washington, DC
Please join the Atlantic Council's South Asia Center for a  discussion with Umesh Pandey, Founding Member of the Moving Forward for Democracy Movement of Thailand, to discuss the country's upcoming elections and democratic movement.

Mr. Pandey will discuss challenges facing upcoming elections in the Kingdom of Thailand, scheduled for March 24. Uncertainty has been cast over the country's democratic future following the banning and dissolution of the opposition Thai Raksa Chart party by the military government. Despite recent setbacks, opposition leaders have come together under the new Moving Forward for Democracy movement to continue to contest the elections, just weeks before voting is scheduled to begin. The event is open to press and on the record.

DATE:            Tuesday, March 19, 2019

TIME:             4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

LOCATION:   Atlantic Council 
                       1030 15th Street NW, 12th floor 
                       Washington, DC 20005 


Introduced by:
Nidhi Upadhyaya
Associate Director, South Asia Center
Atlantic Council

A conversation with:
Umesh Pandey
Former Editor of the Bangkok Post
Kingdom of Thailand


Umesh Pandey is the former Editor of the Bangkok Post and one of the leading candidates of the recently banned Thai Raksa Chart party. He is one of the founders of the Kao Thoo Pai Phue Prachathipitai (Moving Forward for Democracy) movement, established on 9th March in Bangkok to fight for democracy in Thailand.

Nidhi Upadhyaya is an associate director in the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center. In this capacity, she contributes to the Center’s policy research initiatives and manages programmatic tasks. Previously, she worked as a researcher with policy consulting firm, Bower Group Asia, and as an assistant manager for the Social Media Content Management and Strategy team at India’s leading business news channel ET NOW. Nidhi graduated with a master’s in International Affairs from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs in 2017.