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“Asian Views on America’s Role in Asia: The Future of the Rebalance”

Date :  02/03/2017 - 02/03/2017
Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) Public Forum “Asian Views on America’s Role in Asia: The Future of the Rebalance” at 09.30 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. Thursday, 2nd March 2017. 
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Combatting corruption starts at the top 

There is something fundamentally similar and entwined about the need to tackle Thailand's endemic corruption and the imperative to reform its education. 

Trump, Southeast Asia and Thailand 

No newly inaugurated president of the United States in the contemporary era is more controversial nor as derided as Donald Trump. Already, there have been pre-inauguration insinuations and plots among his critics and detractors to see him eventually impeached or at least occupy the White House for only one term 

Myanmar rebuffs Malaysia on OIC as ASEAN warns on Rohingya naming issue 

Naypyitaw accuses Malaysia of 'exploiting' Rohingya crisis as regional bloc warns over use of ASEAN name 

A Sino-American showdown in Southeast Asia? 

From his election campaign to the eve of his inauguration, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's initial isolationist leanings have morphed into a knee-jerk foreign policy conducted under an "America First" geostrategic mantra. 

A primer on Asean for Trump 

Six things the new US president should know about this 50-year-old group

The new United States President Donald Trump must be “fantastically” happy with a “wonderful” Asean because it is the only “great” regional organisation that has no military might and has not been at war. The problem is, he might not know about the grouping at all.Here is a six-point dossier on the 50-year-old Asean and its top secrets. 

Where is the good news about Myanmar? 

Where is the good news about Myanmar?
The country is making progress despite global media focus on the sectarian divide 

Forging a Thai-Myanmar partnership in Asean 

At a briefing in Yangon last Monday, Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi expressed appreciation for Thailand’s efforts and understanding of the situation in Rakhine State. She also thanked her eastern neighbour for its ongoing assistance there. 

Thailand's prospects for 2017 and beyond 

Thailand's prospects for 201 and beyond
Thailand and the world at large are concurrently going through a rut that comes with the transitional end of any long era. For the world, this period is known as the postwar liberal order that was constructed 

Asean at 50: Thailand must do more 

As one of the founding countries of Asean five decades ago, Thailand has a responsibility to ensure that the group is running well and moving towards full implementation of the Asean Community (AC), which is now entering its second year. 

How a Trump presidency will affect Southeast Asia 

The spectacular electoral upset that handed Donald Trump victory in the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election will hasten the end of the 70-year-old postwar liberal order and shift relations between the U.S. and Southeast Asia onto a new footing that favors interests over values. 

America's presidential poll and Thai-US ties 

As the current presidential cycle in the United States closes with elections on Nov 8, there will be a global sigh of relief that it is finally over. The longest electoral contest in the world's ostensible bastion of democracy has become increasingly dysfunctional and malfunctioning. 

King Bhumibol leaves behind a grateful nation 

The passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej brings to a close a defining chapter in Thailand. During his seven-decade rule, the monarch presided over Thailand's climb from a village backwater to a modern nation. 

Why the Thai people cry for His Majesty 

While the vast majority of Thais at home and abroad are in a mourning mood, yearning for a bygone past with an emerging angst for what is to come after King Bhumibol Adulyadej's spectacular seven-decade reign, this grief is not universally shared. 

Could the economy be Thailand's saving grace? 

After King Bhumibol Adulyadej's seven-decade reign, Thailand is an emotionally charged landscape, overcome with grief and nostalgia for a remarkable past and anxious about an uncertain future. 

Thailand as we knew it is now at an end 

When it comes to public readership, I was taught more than 30 years ago to write invariably in the third person. The time has come for change and exception because there is no better way for me to describe what has just happened in Thailand. What was once unimaginable when I was a schoolboy eventually became inevitable, and now is undeniable in my midlife. 

Why no one wants to rule Thailand other than the military 

While it is always topsy-turvy and unwieldy, Thailand’s political environment has rarely been as tumultuous as in the past decade, characterised by recurrent street protests along pro- and anti-establishment lines. 

After a decade of polarisation, a new balance in Thailand 

The Aug 7 referendum in Thailand yielded a surprising result, with most voters backing a charter drafted by the military government. The result shows that voters want compromise and reconciliation for Thailand, with both monarchist and democratic elements in the right mix. 

Rivalries and excessive arms spending threaten regional peace 

Ahead of its 50th birthday next year, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is discovering that its recipe for success is being put to the test. 

Thailand attacks: who are the likely perpetrators? 

The coordinated bomb and arson attacks across Thailand’s southern provinces may signal a new phase of confrontation and brinkmanship, following the vote in favour of a military-backed constitution in a referendum on Sunday.