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Thai intelligence agencies need a revamp
January 11, 2016 1:00 am

Thai intelligence agencies need a revamp

Thailand needs new corps of intelligence officials who have a broader knowledge of their country and of events abroad, especially of neighbouring countries. Such officials must also be able to draw up recommendations that help decision-makers adopt...

Diplomatic test for 2016: avoiding contradiction, inconsistency
January 4, 2016 1:00 am

Diplomatic test for 2016: avoiding contradiction, inconsistency

Thailand’s diplomats will face a tough time this year due mainly to contradiction and inconsistency manifested by the government, especially on abuses of civil and political rights.

Have Thai-US ties reached a ‘new normal’?
December 28, 2015 1:00 am

Have Thai-US ties reached a ‘new normal’?

“Diplomacy is a great business,” said a diplomat from the world’s most powerful country to representatives at a Young Southeast Asia Leaders’ Initiative, held recently in Bangkok.

Cambodia-Thailand: best of time for now
December 21, 2015 1:00 am

Cambodia-Thailand: best of time for now

Since 1950 when the two nations established diplomatic ties, relations between Thailand and Cambodia in the past 65 years have often been described as endless roller coaster rides. However, today the ride has become smoother

Asean awaits - nervously - a new Myanmar
December 14, 2015 1:00 am

Asean awaits - nervously - a new Myanmar

After a successful election early last month, which handed down a landslide victory to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's National League of Democracy, there is a growing sense of anxiety within Asean about what kind of a new Myanmar is emerging.

Thailand yet to fulfill ASEAN blueprints
December 7, 2015 1:00 am

Thailand yet to fulfill ASEAN blueprints

As the chair of the Preparedness Centre for the Asean Community (PCAC), Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha must be accountable for any delay or ineffective implementation of all Asean blueprints.

Virtues of US-China ties mix signals to Asean
November 30, 2015 12:58 am

Virtues of US-China ties mix signals to Asean

When President Barrack Obama met Asean leaders at the US-Asean summit recently, he told them he respected the promises given by President Xi Jingping that its land reclamation in the South China Sea was for peaceful purposes and that China would...

Asean Community is here
November 23, 2015 1:00 am

Asean Community is here

It is official. Asean Community (AC) is here today, at least on paper. Like their predecessors who signed the Bangkok Declaration in 1967 and Asean Charter in 2008, the Asean leaders were eager to have their signatures imprinted on the...

Understanding Asean through Unesco's vote on Kosovo
November 16, 2015 1:00 am

Understanding Asean through Unesco's vote on Kosovo

Asean's voting pattern over Kosovo's admission to Unesco membership last week at the organisation's headquarters here was most intriguing. It revealed a perceived fear of losing territorial integrity, which is imbedded in the...

Post-election Myanmar: hope for continuity and change
November 9, 2015 1:00 am

Post-election Myanmar: hope for continuity and change

Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has constantly called for change. The incumbent President Thein Sein has also appealed for continuity. If both are still on good terms, like at their first meeting, and collaborate as they did in 2011-2012, Myanmar...