Senior news reporter
Wassana Nanuam is a senior news reporter covering military affairs for the Bangkok Post.
Deep South hiatus
Peace talks in the far South have been postponed indefinitely, as it appears re-elected Prime Minister Mahathir wants to appoint a new chief negotiator.
Snr Gen Min Aung Hlaing has long tenure and close relationships with key defence figures in Thailand, explaining why he received a second royal decoration.
'Most modern ever'
China has rushed 28 tanks to Thailand, where we hope they don't face the same fate as the first bunch, dumped into the sea to make an artificial reef.
Close, getting closer
The US has made token gestures but with weapons purchases and plans to establish an arms factory in Thailand, close Bangkok-Beijing relations are moving rapidly.
The prime minister thought he had appointed a 'dream team' to find peace in the deep South, but it has already been bogged down like the others.
A special (forces) decision
Picking a new army commander from outside his trusted circle - and from Special Warfare at that - is a gutsy move by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.
Those reports of the growing rift between Gen Prayut and old friend Gen Prawit? They're nonsense, even though the two army brothers disagree from time to time.
China ties tanked
The latest show of 'cooperation' with China is the purchase of 28 battle tanks for $4.9 million each with more to come - and a Chinese maintenance centre still to come.
Instead of disbanding civilian authority in the South as Thaksin did so disastrously, the military has subsumed it into Isoc, to see if that will work.
Picking China as its best friend in the post-coup period has advantages, but also put the junta in the hot seat where it has to try to deny close bonds.