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Thailand's chance to boost its place in the world today
September 21, 2015 1:00 am

Thailand's chance to boost its place in the world today

Each year at this time, Thailand has the opportunity to display its public face for the world to see. The other 192 members of the United Nations will have the same opportunity to present their countries at their best or otherwise. This year...

US-China summit: ASEAN CENTRALITY AT RISK
September 14, 2015 1:00 am

US-China summit: ASEAN CENTRALITY AT RISK

There are three reasons why Asean leaders must pay serious attention to the outcome of the most anticipated state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping and his summit with US President Barack Obama later this month. Their tete-a-tete will have...

Implications of Myanmar's election on Thailand
September 7, 2015 1:00 am

Implications of Myanmar's election on Thailand

The outcome of the November 8 election will impact on Thai-Myanmar relations in a variety of ways in the years to come. For the first time, the upcoming poll will represent a full-fetched electoral process in Myanmar under the watchful eyes of...

Imagining Thailand in the next 50 years
August 31, 2015 1:00 am

Imagining Thailand in the next 50 years

At a glance, it is ridiculous to propose to average Mr Somchai or Ms Somsri that they should start to think about how their country will look in 2065 - in 50 years time.

Thailand MUST NOT GIVE UP THE UNSC BID
August 24, 2015 1:00 am

Thailand MUST NOT GIVE UP THE UNSC BID

Despite all the odds and dysfunction - including the latest bomb carnage to hit Bangkok - Thailand must not give up its bid for a non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council (2017-2018). In fact, we should go all out for it.

Asean, China search for new model to work together
August 17, 2015 1:00 am

Asean, China search for new model to work together

For weeks, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has painstakingly explained his country's position on the South China Sea dispute and recent progress in drafting a code of conduct for the area with Asean.

True meaning of Asean joint communiques
August 10, 2015 1:00 am

True meaning of Asean joint communiques

As in the previous five Asean foreign ministerial meetings since 2010, the South China Sea (SCS) conflict dominated the latest discussion between member countries and their dialogue partners.

Bangkok's take-away from Washington
August 3, 2015 1:00 am

Bangkok's take-away from Washington

Thailand should be grateful to the US regarding the latest Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) because it helps to expose what are really inside the hearts and minds of Washington's policy-makers and how the world's most powerful country...

Thailand's Navy needs to get ship-shape
July 27, 2015 1:00 am

Thailand's Navy needs to get ship-shape

JUST IMAGINE these two scenarios: an aircraft falling from the sky into the Gulf of Thailand, or a large liner sinking in the Andaman Sea. What would be the response from the Royal Thai Navy? The answer is clear: nothing.

US political posturing kills Thai-US relations
July 20, 2015 1:00 am

US political posturing kills Thai-US relations

The latest strong condemnation by Washington of Thailand's action over the Uighur illegal immigrants has dampened any future amelioration of Thai-US relations.