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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...

Relations with major powers shake-up the status quo
April 13, 2015 1:00 am

Relations with major powers shake-up the status quo

Following the power seizure last May, Thailand has actively pursued a foreign policy that effectively "seeks out friends". After months of being bogged down by the establishment of proper frameworks for economic and political reform and...

Thailand ponders digging Kra Isthmus - again!
March 30, 2015 1:00 am

Thailand ponders digging Kra Isthmus - again!

No issue in Thailand's history has generated such a long and inconclusive debate as the one surrounding the fate of Kra Isthmus. For the past 358 years, since the time of King Narai (1633-1688) when it was first raised with France, the desire to...

Medvedev's trip reboots Thai-Russia strategic partnership
March 23, 2015 1:00 am

Medvedev's trip reboots Thai-Russia strategic partnership

In 1897, when Siam faced imminent danger from the great colonising powers of Great Britain and France, King Chulalongkorn went to Russia for diplomatic support to ward off the foreign predators. Since then the balance of power strategy preserved the...

Thailand woos India: time for an Act West policy
March 16, 2015 1:00 am

Thailand woos India: time for an Act West policy

At the Delhi Dialogue VII last week, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn was actively engaging India. He was the most senior Asean official to attend this year's dialogue, showing Thailand's strong...

Asean common time - your time or my time?
March 2, 2015 1:00 am

Asean common time - your time or my time?

Every time Malaysia takes up the Asean chair, a number of exciting topics always arise. This occasion is no exception - one such issue is Asean common time (ACT), an old idea which was discussed twice in 1995 and 2005. Singapore raised the idea back...