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The Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) was founded in 1981 as the Southeast Asian Security Studies Program within the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University. In February 1982, its status changed when it became an institute officially sanctioned by Chulalongkorn University, entrusted with the task of conducting independent research and disseminating knowledge on international and security issues.
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U.S. Asst Secretary of State Daniel Russel to speak on U.S. Engagement with Asia-Pacific, 130pm-3pm, 26th January 2015

Date :  26/01/2015 - 26/01/2015
A Public Lecture on “U.S. Engagement with the Asia-Pacific Region in 2015” by Assistant Secretary of State Daniel R. Russel 
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Interventions must have political goals 

Military interventions all over the world are invariably easier to go into than to get out of. In many large-scale military operations, entry points quickly warp into elusive and murky exit plans as the fog of war sets in. Only with clear and realistic political objectives can military interventions succeed in their stated aims. Many cases abroad are instructive for Thailand’s experience at home. 
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Government meddling harms unity efforts 

The tendency of governments to shoot themselves in the foot never ceases to amaze. In Thailand's latest high-profile case of official self-affliction, the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra lost the plot when it tried to rope in key domestic power brokers to work on a "political reform council" and invited prominent international figures to promote reconciliation and unity. Conflating these two parallel tracks of reform and compromise has led to controversy and confusion. The best way for the Yingluck government to ensure the utility and effectiveness of these exercises is to get out of the way completely. 
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Street rallies yield to parliamentary process 

It felt like deja vu for a while. As parliament reconvened, anti-government columns lined up, ready to rumble and depose the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, this time under a new rubric called the People's Democratic Force to Overthrow Thaksinism (Pefot). 
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Background reading to accompany ISIS Public Forum “Peace Talks in Southern Thailand: Pathways, Obstacles and Prospects”, 8.30am-11.30am, Wednesday 30 October 2013 

At different times, the security agencies and governments will say the situation in Thailand’s Deep South is getting better. The question is then, how can you evaluate if the situation is getting better? To only examine whether the number of violent incidents is declining doesn’t fully answer the question. It could be possible to have a reduction in the number of violent incidents, but more deaths (i.e bigger bombs). Therefore, BP will look at deaths, injuries and incidents in this series of posts. 
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Matthew B. Arnold got a short book review in Foreign Affairs. 

Among the many recent books on Sudan’s enormous and persistent potential for violent conflict, these two deserve special notice. Natsios provides a clear and dispassionate general introduction to the country’s history and politics, designed for the lay reader. LeRiche and Arnold, in the first comprehensive analysis of the world’s youngest state, explore the role that government policies played in leading to the birth of South Sudan. 
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A Special Lecture Series on “Uniting for the future: Learning from each other’s experiences” 

A Special Lecture Series on “Uniting for the future: Learning from each other’s experiences”, Monday, 2 September 2013, 08.15 - 17.30 hrs. 
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A Public Forum on “Thailand’s outlook 2013: Politics, Economy, Borders and Beyond” 

 
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A PUBLIC FORUM ON ‘GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS IN NEPAL AND BHUTAN’ 

A PUBLIC FORUM ON ‘GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS IN NEPAL AND BHUTAN’
Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

BHUTAN: GROSS NATIONAL HAPPINESS?
By Tashi Dorji, Editor and Managing Director, Business Bhutan 
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A PUBLIC FORUM ON ‘GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS IN NEPAL AND BHUTAN’ 

A PUBLIC FORUM ON ‘GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS IN NEPAL AND BHUTAN’
Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

Nepal: The Trials and Tribulations of A Republic
By Dr. Nishchal N. Pandey, Director, Centre for South Asian Studies, Kathmandu, Nepal 
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  External Feed 1
- 'Lizard Squad' hackers target Malaysia Airlines website
    KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - The Malaysia Airlines website was commandeered Monday by hackers who referenced the Islamic State jihadists and claimed to be from the "Lizard Squad", a group known for previous denial-of-service attacks.
- 30 million dementia cases predicted for China by 2050
    Beijing (dpa) - China faces a healthcare crisis in caring for its rapidly aging population, with 30 million dementia cases predicted by 2050, according to Alzheimer's Disease International. An estimated 9 million people in China have dementia, but that number may be artificially low as many in rural areas are never diagnosed, the group told the South China Morning Post.
- First floating market fair near Government House starts Feb 12
    The first floating market fair on the Phadung Krungkasem Canal near the Government House will be held by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration from February 12 to 15, BMA spokeswoman Tridao Apaiwong said Monday.
- Noted sculptor Saiyart Semangern dies of heart disease
    Renowned wood sculptor Saiyart Semangern died early morning after 13-year suffering from heart disease. He was 70.
- Anwar to learn fate in sodomy case on February 10
    KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim will learn on February 10 whether he will be jailed for five years on a contentious sodomy conviction, a judicial spokesman said Monday, a decision that imperils his political future.

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