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The NCPO-media BLAMING GAME MUST STOP
June 29, 2015 1:00 am

The NCPO-media BLAMING GAME MUST STOP

The most damaging development in the past year has been the worsening relations between the current power wielders and Thai media.

Thai-China relations: THE NEXT 40 YEARS
June 22, 2015 1:00 am

Thai-China relations: THE NEXT 40 YEARS

On July 1, 1975, to prepare for the celebration of historic diplomatic ties with China, the Thai delegation headed by Prime Minister Kukrit Pramoj put on board the special TG flight five essential items: 200 durians, 50-packs of Samit Virginia...

BIG POWERS BACK Asean-led security plan
June 15, 2015 1:00 am

BIG POWERS BACK Asean-led security plan

It has taken several years for Asean and its dialogue partners to come up with good security design that would place the regional interests of all parties at heart. Quite a few security and strategic frameworks were considered but the Asean leaders...

Thailand strengthens internal security governance
June 8, 2015 1:00 am

Thailand strengthens internal security governance

On the surface, Thailand has been racing against time to "do everything it can" to solve human trafficking and slave labour issues and extricate the country from Tier 3 of the US annual Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP), which is expected...

litmus test for ASEAN: the new boat people crisis
June 1, 2015 1:00 am

litmus test for ASEAN: the new boat people crisis

For years, before the monsoon season begins in July, boatloads of refugees from the Andaman Sea and Gulf of Bengal have sailed south to the seas of Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. They come from the Muslim communities in Bangladesh and Rakhine...

SOME WORLD VIEWS of US presidential candidates
May 25, 2015 1:00 am

SOME WORLD VIEWS of US presidential candidates

Now is the best time to be in the US to learn about its strengths and weaknesses from the horses' mouths.

Our history says: Don't push back the persecuted
May 18, 2015 1:00 am

Our history says: Don't push back the persecuted

It is time for the Thai government to adopt a proper policy response - and temporarily take in Rohingya refugees coming from the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea. This is the best way to save lives while searching for a durable solution. Prime Minister...

Making Thailand an Asean-friendly country
May 11, 2015 1:00 am

Making Thailand an Asean-friendly country

Gone are the days when merely mentioning the acronym AEC

Today's leaders of Asean need to consult more, not less
May 4, 2015 1:00 am

Today's leaders of Asean need to consult more, not less

Truth be told, the current Asean leaders do not have the kind of mutual understanding and comfort level of their predecessors, who made Asean such a formidable organisation over its first three decades. Those early figures were connected and shared...

US LACKS COHERENT POLICIES on Thailand
April 27, 2015 7:19 pm

US LACKS COHERENT POLICIES on Thailand

The US Principal Deputy Assistant State Secretary for East Asia and Pacific Affairs, Scot Marciel, was in Bangkok last week to exchange views with Thai authorities and stakeholders. Like his boss, US Secretary of State John Kerry, he wanted to know...