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Asean must be prudent on Islamic State
February 23, 2015 12:09 am

Asean must be prudent on Islamic State

With a few hundred fighters from Indonesia, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines active in the Islamic States (IS) in Syria and Iraq, Asean must take concrete action now to tackle the issue of their activities head-on and in comprehensive ways.

Thailand's human rights record COULD be better
February 16, 2015 1:00 am

Thailand's human rights record COULD be better

The murder of Chai Bungthonglek, a land rights activist, in Surat Thani last week has blackened Thailand in the eyes of the world and further tarnished its human rights record. Chai's murder came ahead of the 28th session of the UN Human Rights...

Surge in Sino-Thai security cooperation
February 9, 2015 1:00 am

Surge in Sino-Thai security cooperation

Last week China dispatched top two senior security officials to deliver a heart-warming message to Thailand: that China is an all-weather friend. They urged Thai officials at all levels to have more exchanges with them to promote understanding and...

Quick actions needed to repair Thai-US friction
February 2, 2015 1:00 am

Quick actions needed to repair Thai-US friction

Thailand's outrage over the comments last week by Daniel Russel, Assistant State Secretary for East Asia and Pacific Affairs, and subsequent responses from the US, showed that the 182-year-old relationship was in deep trouble and must be fixed...

The Significance of PM Prayut's visit to Japan
January 26, 2015 1:00 am

The Significance of PM Prayut's visit to Japan

The decision to invite Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to Tokyo on February 7-9 was made at the highest level in September. The proposed trip would have taken place long before, if not for the tight schedules of Prayut and his Japanese counterpart,...

Asean Community without Asean identity
January 19, 2015 1:00 am

Asean Community without Asean identity

The Asean Charter came into effect at the end of 2008, and now Asean leaders are talking about how to build a people-centered community to benefit all its 630 million residents. Their promise is being tested every single day as the deadline for the...

Are Thai-US relations warming up slowly?
January 12, 2015 1:00 am

Are Thai-US relations warming up slowly?

After he left Bangkok on April 8 2014, Daniel R Russel, US Assistant State Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, was confident Thailand would be able to handle domestic political turmoil in the foreseeable future - anything short of a...

Thai diplomacy faces uphill tasks
January 5, 2015 1:00 am

Thai diplomacy faces uphill tasks

As the Prayut government continues to concentrate on political reform and constitutional drafting throughout this year, the country's foreign policy will not receive much attention. For the past seven months, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has...

Challenges of Asean integration 2015
December 29, 2014 1:00 am

Challenges of Asean integration 2015

As Asean moves towards one community at the end of 2015, a troubling question is being asked - whether the grouping is really gluing, or just mere rhetoric. Well, the answer would be - a combination of both.

Time to get serious with the 'Asean Lane'
December 22, 2014 1:00 am

Time to get serious with the 'Asean Lane'

Last Thursday, the bosses at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) inaugurated an "Asean Lane" for the group's passport holders, amid colourful banners and balloons. The special lane, covered with orange carpet, immediately drew a...