THAILAND: A Time For Skill

In the struggle for the good will of Southeast Asia, the sprawling, rich kingdom of Thailand (pop. 20.3 million) is a test case in diplomatic method. Thailand has long been friendly to the United States and has benefited from generous U.S. economic and military aid. But in recent months Thailand, like many another Asian country, has been drifting toward the left.

The drift is in some measure caused by the currents of democracy released by Field Marshal Pibulsonggram, Thailand's strongman Premier, who was much impressed by democracy (and by presidential press conferences) on his trip to the...

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