- Thitinan Pongsudhirak: Thailand's late monarch leaves behind modern country
- Ruler lived a modest life when he could have been lavish, he says
Thitinan Pongsudhirak teaches international political economy and directs the Institute of Security and International Studies at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. The views expressed here are solely his.
(CNN)The passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej brings to a close a defining chapter in Thailand. During his seven-decade rule, the monarch presided over Thailand's climb from a village backwater to a modern nation.