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Are Thai-US relations warming up slowly?
January 12, 2015 1:00 am

Are Thai-US relations warming up slowly?

After he left Bangkok on April 8 2014, Daniel R Russel, US Assistant State Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, was confident Thailand would be able to handle domestic political turmoil in the foreseeable future - anything short of a...

Thai diplomacy faces uphill tasks
January 5, 2015 1:00 am

Thai diplomacy faces uphill tasks

As the Prayut government continues to concentrate on political reform and constitutional drafting throughout this year, the country's foreign policy will not receive much attention. For the past seven months, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has...

Challenges of Asean integration 2015
December 29, 2014 1:00 am

Challenges of Asean integration 2015

As Asean moves towards one community at the end of 2015, a troubling question is being asked - whether the grouping is really gluing, or just mere rhetoric. Well, the answer would be - a combination of both.

Time to get serious with the 'Asean Lane'
December 22, 2014 1:00 am

Time to get serious with the 'Asean Lane'

Last Thursday, the bosses at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) inaugurated an "Asean Lane" for the group's passport holders, amid colourful banners and balloons. The special lane, covered with orange carpet, immediately drew a...

New constitution vs freedom of expression
December 15, 2014 1:00 am

New constitution vs freedom of expression

The members of the National Reform Committee (NRC)'s media and information and communications reform committee, have begun deliberating the new constitution and its relationship to free expression for the Thai people and freedom in the mass...

Reset the Thai-Malaysia peace efforts in South
December 8, 2014 1:00 am

Reset the Thai-Malaysia peace efforts in South

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha minced few words when he met with Prime Minister Najib Razak last Monday in Kuala Lumpur. "Malaysia is the one and only," he declared point-blank in English to Najib, referring unmistakably to his...

Stronger talk, more interaction needed to boost East Asia summits
December 1, 2014 1:00 am

Stronger talk, more interaction needed to boost East Asia summits

During the 2nd Asean-US summit in Nay Pyi Taw, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen was the only leader who took US President Barack Obama to task on his policy towards Syria and the Islamic States.

Asean-Australia ties at 40: rising strategic partners
November 24, 2014 1:00 am

Asean-Australia ties at 40: rising strategic partners

Australia has been trying to place Asean on the central stage of its foreign policy for the past four decades

High expectations await Malaysia's Asean chair
November 17, 2014 1:00 am

High expectations await Malaysia's Asean chair

Whenever Malaysia chaired Asean in the past, exciting things often happened. This time will be no different. Following the better-than-average performance by the first-time outgoing chair, Myanmar, it is only natural that high expectations await the...

Pushing the East Asia Summit to a new level
November 10, 2014 1:00 am

Pushing the East Asia Summit to a new level

The East Asia Summit (EAS) in Nay Pyi Taw on Thursday could be a blessing or a curse for Asean's engagement with the major powers on two levels