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Dos and don’ts for FM Aung San Suu Kyi
April 25, 2016 1:00 am

Dos and don’ts for FM Aung San Suu Kyi

For the first time in its history, there will be a Nobel Peace laureate and the world’s most famous political icon in the family of the Asean Ministerial Meeting (AMM), which serves as the Asean annual meeting. Myanmar’s new Foreign Minister...

Changes needed for Prayut to implement his vision
April 18, 2016 1:00 am

Changes needed for Prayut to implement his vision

After watching Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s weekly update on Thailand during Songkran, my level of adrenalin shot up. As usual he spoke candidly without any pretention. Knowingly or not, he split the beans about his thoughts on the...

Media still disconnected from Asean Community
April 11, 2016 1:00 am

Media still disconnected from Asean Community

Today marks the hundredth day of the Asean Community. The media communities in the 10 member countries are still nursing a hangover. But this was not a hangover they had just acquired overnight.

Hun Sen’s cabinet reshuffle sends a strong signal
April 4, 2016 1:00 am

Hun Sen’s cabinet reshuffle sends a strong signal

The departure of veteran Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong represents a milestone in the nation’s recent political and diplomatic annals. Prime Minister Hun Sen has never reshuffled his foreign ministry in this way before.

NLD-led Myanmar’s upcoming challenges
March 21, 2016 1:00 am

NLD-led Myanmar’s upcoming challenges

After months of negotiations over the transition of power following the landslide victory by the National League of Democracy (NLD) last November, it is clear the country’s new President U Htin Kyaw has to manage relations with the military, known...

Letter from Tokyo: why Thais come to Japan
March 14, 2016 1:00 am

Letter from Tokyo: why Thais come to Japan

LAST year, a total of 5,959 Thais over-stayed their visas in Japan. But the country’s Ministry of Justice has not yet halted its popular visa-waiver programme for Thai tourists. Instead, immigration officials here have constantly appealed to visa...

Thanat Khoman - an embodiment of Thai diplomacy
March 7, 2016 1:00 am

Thanat Khoman - an embodiment of Thai diplomacy

Thailand’s longest serving foreign minister, Thanat Khoman (1959-1971), died last week at the age of 102. Long cherished Thai diplomatic practices and finesse also died with him.

A unique display of political will between US, Asean
February 29, 2016 10:33 am

A unique display of political will between US, Asean

Significant issues in the Sunnylands Declaration are more than skin deep. They represent - collectively as well as evolving - the greatest efforts possible between a regional organisation and the world’s most powerful country that have mutually...

Thailand’s challenges on TPP framework
February 15, 2016 1:00 am

Thailand’s challenges on TPP framework

Thailand has decided to join the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). That will be the key message Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will deliver to President Barack Obama at the special Asean-US meeting today and tomorrow at Sunnylands, California.

Thailand awaits new NLD-led government
February 8, 2016 1:00 am

Thailand awaits new NLD-led government

Myanmar has now become Thailand’s most pivotal neighbouring country following its recent election won overwhelming by the opposition party, the National League for Democracy, led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. The reason behind this impression is quite...