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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...

New constitution vs freedom of expression
December 15, 2014 1:00 am

New constitution vs freedom of expression

The members of the National Reform Committee (NRC)'s media and information and communications reform committee, have begun deliberating the new constitution and its relationship to free expression for the Thai people and freedom in the mass...

Reset the Thai-Malaysia peace efforts in South
December 8, 2014 1:00 am

Reset the Thai-Malaysia peace efforts in South

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha minced few words when he met with Prime Minister Najib Razak last Monday in Kuala Lumpur. "Malaysia is the one and only," he declared point-blank in English to Najib, referring unmistakably to his...

Stronger talk, more interaction needed to boost East Asia summits
December 1, 2014 1:00 am

Stronger talk, more interaction needed to boost East Asia summits

During the 2nd Asean-US summit in Nay Pyi Taw, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen was the only leader who took US President Barack Obama to task on his policy towards Syria and the Islamic States.

Asean-Australia ties at 40: rising strategic partners
November 24, 2014 1:00 am

Asean-Australia ties at 40: rising strategic partners

Australia has been trying to place Asean on the central stage of its foreign policy for the past four decades