The Nation

opinion

Smaller
Larger
Thai-Cambodian relations: Doing it right
October 20, 2014 1:00 am

Thai-Cambodian relations: Doing it right

Judging from the body language, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha got along fine with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen when they held their first bilateral talks on the sideline of the Asia-Europe Meeting in Milan last week.

Thai diplomacy of 'first come, first serve'
October 13, 2014 1:00 am

Thai diplomacy of 'first come, first serve'

It does not take rocket science to figure out the direction of Thai foreign policy - especially after the post-coup era and ongoing international pressure over the state of democracy here. Everybody knows full well Thailand's diplomacy and...

Prayut's media skills need some honing
October 6, 2014 1:00 am

Prayut's media skills need some honing

As a journalist over three decades, I have never witnessed such an incomprehensible and embarrassing exchange between a Thai prime minister and reporters.

Time for Thailand to develop smart power
September 29, 2014 1:00 am

Time for Thailand to develop smart power

At the Blitz Megaplex Grand Indonesia in Jakarta early this month, local fans thronged the "standing room only" waiting area for their Thai heartthrobs - Juthawut Pathakamphol, Thanaphop Leerattakajorn and Supasssara Thanachai - from the...

As the world watches, PM Prayuth goes abroad
September 22, 2014 1:00 am

As the world watches, PM Prayuth goes abroad

Now it is time to show the world what kind of person is Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha. The world's microscope will be zero in on him when he visits Milan for the 10th Asia-Europe Summit on 16-17 October in Italy.

The Prayuth government's strategic dilemmas
September 15, 2014 1:00 am

The Prayuth government's strategic dilemmas

Supreme Commander General Tanasak Patimapragorn is Thailand's 47th foreign minister. His arrival has created an unusually high expectation within the country. With his experience in security and diplomacy, it is hoped he will be able to...

Be ready, when India engages the world
September 8, 2014 1:00 am

Be ready, when India engages the world

India has finally emerged from its huge continent, judging from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's numerous postures and comments during his five-day visit to Japan recently.

Cut the shackles, so Asean media can contribute to development goals
September 1, 2014 1:00 am

Cut the shackles, so Asean media can contribute to development goals

The Asean media landscape is unique and reflects the region's political and cultural diversities. After the grouping's enlargement in the late '90s to 10 members, the media community has come together gradually to forge common norms...

Can Asean be a recipient for the Nobel Peace Prize?
August 25, 2014 1:00 am

Can Asean be a recipient for the Nobel Peace Prize?

As Asean moves toward a single community by the end of next year, it is time to ponder if this family of ten could be a recipient of the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize.

Mid-term review of Myanmar's Asean chair
August 18, 2014 1:00 am

Mid-term review of Myanmar's Asean chair

With 135 days remaining as the current Asean chair, Myanmar has proved it can do the job effectively and protect Asean's interests. Nay Pyi Taw's 17-year wait was worthwhile for the challenges. The grouping's longest communique