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Tenuous new relations in Asian diplomacy
July 28, 2014 1:00 am

Tenuous new relations in Asian diplomacy

The Dongwha Duty Free Shop in the Gwanghwamun district in downtown Seoul is regularly thronged with visitors from China, some of the 4 million who now visit South Korea annually, making it the top foreign tourist destination for Chinese travellers.

Bhutan: small kingdom with big diplomacy
July 21, 2014 1:00 am

Bhutan: small kingdom with big diplomacy

A small kingdom with 770,000 people nestled in the heart of the Himalayas and sandwiched by some 2.8 billion people from the world's two most populous nations

Thai-French ties: more than meets the eyes
July 14, 2014 1:00 am

Thai-French ties: more than meets the eyes

Streams of Thai investment in canned sea food, paper and petrochemical in recent years in France have contributed to the well beings of French people and improve their country's stuttering economy.

Indonesia's presidential race and Asean
July 7, 2014 6:26 am

Indonesia's presidential race and Asean

For Indonesians, only two choices come on Wednesday. The first candidate is an "ex-war commander" with a chequered history of rights abuses, Prabowo Subianto. The second is Joko Widodo or Jokowi, the charismatic governor of Jakarta with an...

NCPO urgently needs better media relations
June 30, 2014 1:00 am

NCPO urgently needs better media relations

The latest move by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to micro-manage the traditional and new media after the May 22 power seizure could seriously tarnish or even paralyse the NCPO's public diplomacy within Thailand and abroad.

Japan is back, without having left
June 23, 2014 1:00 am

Japan is back, without having left

Japan has always been with Southeast Asia in good and bad times, or in the years between. To say that Japan is back, as many scholars or new headlines claim, is quite a misnomer. Rather, Japan today is no longer the country that we are accustomed to,...

Thai HR policy and hedging diplomacy
June 16, 2014 1:00 am

Thai HR policy and hedging diplomacy

The coup has reset the country's domestic and external environment in the most radical ways with far-reaching implications. Internationally speaking, there was no ambiguity anymore. Thailand is at the bottom of the pit.

Now is the Best time to reassess, reinvent ties with US
June 9, 2014 1:00 am

Now is the Best time to reassess, reinvent ties with US

Unlike our previous infamous coups, the May 22 fait accompli has been a blessing in disguise as it has torn down literally all possible pretences related to Thai-US relations, the region's oldest partnership. It also laid bare the fragility and...

NCPO diplomatic priorities during crisis
June 2, 2014 1:00 am

NCPO diplomatic priorities during crisis

The mood was friendly with mutual understanding at the first meeting abroad in Singapore followed the May 22 coup between Foreign Minister Shanmugam and Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Sihasak Phuangketkeow, who is serving as acting foreign...

Post-Cold War: emergence of tri-polar paradigm
May 19, 2014 1:00 am

Post-Cold War: emergence of tri-polar paradigm

As never before seen, the US, Russia and China - representing three different world views and practices - are competing head-on in shaping the norms and values of modern international system that has seen operating since the end of World War II.