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Executive Board Associate Professor Dr. Thitinan Pongsudhirak Associate Professor Chulanee Thianthai Associate Professor Dr. Keokam Kraisorapong Assistant Professor Dr. Naruemon Thabchumpon Assistant Professor Viengrat Nethipo Assistant Professor ...
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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 po...
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Ethnic Conflicts in Southeast Asia 
This volume examines different ethnic configurations and conflict avoidance and resolution in five different Southeast Asian countries....
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A Public Forum on “The Mekong Mainland: Axis of Prosperity, Security and Competition” 
A Public Forum on “The Mekong Mainland: Axis of Prosperity, Security and Competition”, Tuesday, 2nd December 2014 at 08.30 – 11.30 a.m....
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Post-Election Myanmar: Government, Military, Minorities 
"Post-Election Myanmar: Government, Military, Minorities" at 8.30 a.m. - 11.30 a.m. Tuesday, 1st December 2015...
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A Public Forum on Thailand’s outlook 2013: Politics, Economy, Borders and Beyond 
A Public Forum on “Thailand’s outlook 2013: Politics, Economy, Borders and Beyond” , Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 at 8.30-11.30 a.m. at The Chumbhot-Pantip Conference Room, 4th Floor Prajadhipok-Rambhaibarni Building, Faculty of Political Science, ...
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A Public Forum on Reconciliation and Charter Change: Underpinnings and Scenarios 
A Public Forum on “Reconciliation and Charter Change: Underpinnings and Scenarios” Tuesday, 3 July 2012 at 09.00 – 11.45 a.m.The Chumbhot-Pantip Conference Room, 4th Floor Prajadhipok-Rambhaibarni Building, Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkor...
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Migration, Terrorism and Democracy: Lessons and Challenges Across Asia and Africa 
Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) Public Forum “Migration, Terrorism and Democracy: Lessons and Challenges Across Asia and Africa” Tuesday, 31st January 2017 at 9.00 – 11.00a.m....
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Reforming Thailand’s Education System: Where To Start? 
It has become a cliché to say that Thailand needs to fix its education system. All of Thailand’s myriad challenges from social polarization and income inequality to the lack of national economic competitiveness point to the country’s education woes. ...
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Thailand amid Asean economic integration. 
The first year and a half of the Asean Community has transpired not with a bang but a whimper....
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ASEAN ISIS 
  Background to ASEAN ISIS The ASEAN Institutes of Strategic and International Studies (ASEAN ISIS) is a loose association of institutes in the region that aim to strengthen regional cooperation through joint studies and seminars. It was established...
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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 dom...
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Democratization and Conflict Management/Prevention in Southeast Asia in the 21st Century 
Proceedings of international conference organized by the United Nations Organization (DPA and UNDP), the Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS), Thailand...
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A Public Forum on “ASEAN-China Relations: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead” 
A Public Forum on “ASEAN-China Relations: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead”, Monday 3rd November 2014 at 8.00 - 11.00 a.m....
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Thailand’s Deep South Update: Language as Peacemaker? 
"Thailand’s Deep South Update: Language as Peacemaker?" at 9.30 a.m. - 11.30 a.m. Wednesday, 4th November 2015...
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A Public Forum on Preah Vihear and Phra Viharn: Pathways to A Shared Destiny 
A Public Forum on “Preah Vihear and Phra Viharn: Pathways to A Shared Destiny” Thursday, 21 March 2013 at 08.30 – 11.30 a.m.The Chumbhot-Pantip Conference Room, 4th Floor Prajadhipok-Rambhaibarni Building, Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn...
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ASEAN Community 2015: Southeast Asia Between the United States and China 
An ISIS Conference on ASEAN Community 2015: Southeast Asia Between the United States and China Friday, 13 January 2012...
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President Donald J. Trump: Meanings and Consequences for Southeast Asia and Thailand 
A “Dream Thailand” Public Forum Series “President Donald J. Trump: Meanings and Consequences for Southeast Asia and Thailand” Friday, 3rd February 2017...
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Coping with the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Thailand’s Economic Growth Imperatives 
The government’s “Thailand 4.0” economic growth strategy has had a bandwagoning effect, attracting considerable public attention. It is designed to usher the Thai economy into the 21st-century global digitization era by managing and capitalizing on ...
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Asean regionalism amid authoritarianism. 
If three Asean members -- Indonesia, Myanmar and the Philippines -- have led the way in shedding their authoritarian past, three others -- Thailand, Cambodia and Malaysia --have gone the other way....
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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 Overth...
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A Public Forum on “Reforming Post-Coup Thai Politics: Issues, Priorities and Challenges.” 
A Public Forum on “Reforming Post-Coup Thai Politics: Issues, Priorities and Challenges”, Friday, 3rd October 2014 at 8.30 - 11.30 a.m....
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Managing the Mekong Mainland: Energy Security and Environmental Imperative 
An ISIS Public Forum on “Managing the Mekong Mainland: Energy Security and Environmental Imperative” at 10.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. Thursday, 15th October 2015...
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What’s AIIB All About? China, Asia and A Contested Global Order 
Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) Public Forum “What’s AIIB All About? China, Asia and A Contested Global Order” Monday, 31st October 2016 at 9.00 – 11.30a.m....
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A Public Forum on Democratic Control of the Military: Thailand in Comparative Perspective 
A Public Forum on “Democratic Control of the Military: Thailand in Comparative Perspective” Thursday, 9 May 2013 at 08.30 – 11.30 a.m. The Chumbhot-Pantip Conference Room, 4th Floor Prajadhipok-Rambhaibarni Building, Faculty of Political Science, Ch...
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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, 6 November 2012 at 08.30 – 11.00 a.m. The Chumbhot-Pantip Conference Room, 4th Floor Prajadhipok-Rambhaibarni Building Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University...
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Asian Views on America’s Role in Asia: The Future of the Rebalance 
The U.S. “rebalance” towards the Asia-Pacific region signals a recognition of the dramatic shift of economic, political, and strategic power towards Asia. The rebalance policy, announced in 2010, has provoked sometimes-heated debate and drawn mixed re...
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Asean test ground for democracy, dictators. 
Much is being discussed in Southeast Asia this month as Asean, the region's premier organisation, reaches its golden jubilee. One salient issue is the domestic politics and governance within individual Asean states and across them....
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Governor status quo leaves city as microcosm of nation 
The resulting and relative status quo that emerged from Bangkok's gubernatorial polls on Sunday bears cold implications for the national political landscape and the future of City Hall politics....
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Toward a Eurasian Security Community? The Case of ASEAN and EU 
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A Public Forum on “Macroeconomic Impact of Thailand’s Military Intervention” 
A Public Forum on “Macroeconomic Impact of Thailand’s Military Intervention”, Wednesday, 23rd July 2014 at 8.30 - 11.30 a.m....
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Security, Safety, Stability: Moving Forward After Erawan Shrine Incident 
"Security, Safety, Stability: Moving Forward After Erawan Shrine Incident" at 09.00 - 11.30 a.m. Tuesday, 6th October 2015...
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Islamist Movements and Middle East Turmoil: Lessons from and Implications for Southeast Asia 
Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) Public Forum “Islamist Movements and Middle East Turmoil: Lessons from and Implications for Southeast Asia” Thursday, 27th October 2016 at 09.30 – 11.30 a.m....
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A Public Forum on Myanmar’s Reform Challenges: Implications for Development Research 
A Public Forum on Myanmar’s Reform Challenges: Implications for Development Research Thursday, 30 May 2013 at 08.30 – 11.30 a.m. The Chumbhot-Pantip Conference Room, 4th Floor Prajadhipok-Rambhaibarni Building, Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongk...
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"The South China Sea Controversy: The Role of ASEAN, China and the United States" 
"The South China Sea Controversy: The Role of ASEAN,China and the United States" August 30, 2012, the 4th Flr Conference Room of the Prajadhipok-Rambhaibarni Building, Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University...
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President Donald J. Trump: Meanings and Consequences for Southeast Asia and Thailand 
A “Dream Thailand” Public Forum Series “President Donald J. Trump: Meanings and Consequences for Southeast Asia and Thailand” Friday, 3rd February 2017...
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To survive another 50 years, ASEAN must learn from its past 
Internal divisions and big power interventions are likely to persist...
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Bringing insurgency to an end will be a long, hard slog 
The media hype in Bangkok surrounding Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's recent meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in Putrajaya sounded as if peace was at hand in Thailand's restive southernmost border provinces where a deadly M...
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Japan Response to the Asia Economic Crisis 
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“Myanmar’s 2015 Election and Beyond: Previews, Prospects and Post-Election Scenarios” 
“Myanmar’s 2015 Election and Beyond: Previews, Prospects and Post-Election Scenarios”, 4th August 2015 at 09.00 – 11.45 a.m....
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A Public Forum on “ASEAN-Australia Relations in Asia’s Transformation” 
A Public Forum on “ASEAN-Australia Relations in Asia’s Transformation”, Thursday, 17th July 2014 at 8.30 - 11.30 a.m....
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Brexit, Europe and the World: Implications for Asia and Thailand 
Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) Public Forum “Brexit, Europe and the World: Implications for Asia and Thailand” at 09.30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Thursday, 29th September 2016....
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Special Lecture Series “Uniting for the future: Learning from each other’s experiences” 
Special Lecture Series “Uniting for the future: Learning from each other’s experiences” 2 September 2013 at Plaza Athénée Hotel, Bangkok [Crystal B, 3rd Floor, Athenee Tower]...
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“Migration, Terrorism and Democracy: Lessons and Challenges Across Asia and Africa” 
Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) Public Forum “Migration, Terrorism and Democracy: Lessons and Challenges Across Asia and Africa” 31 January 2017 at 09.00 - 11.00 a.m....
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Shifting Thai alliances in the 21st century 
In view of rising geopolitical tensions in Asia, Thailand's foreign policy strategy and posture has come into focus....
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Speaking peace to Asean 
Never before in its 45 years of existence has the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) received so much public attention in Thailand....
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Thaksin’s Thailand : Populism and Polarisation 
This report was published by the Institute of Security and International Studies at Chulalongkorn University in co-operation with the National Thai Studies Centre of the Australian National University and brings together six papers on the former prime min...
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Moving Up the Global Value Chain: Thailand's Upgrading and Growth Imperatives 
“Moving Up the Global Value Chain: Thailand's Upgrading and Growth Imperatives,” Thursday, 18th June 2015 at 09.00 – 11.30 a.m....
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A Public Forum on “200 Years of the Norwegian Constitution: Reflections on Thai Constitutionalism” 
A Public Forum on “200 Years of the Norwegian Constitution: Reflections on Thai Constitutionalism”, Monday, 20th May 2014 at 8.30-11.30 a.m....
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Thailand After Referendum: Scenarios and Prospects 
Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) Public Forum “Thailand After Referendum: Scenarios and Prospects” Wednesday, 21st September 2016...
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A Public Forum on Thailand and The United States After 180 Years: A Changing Alliance in A Changing Southeast Asia 
A Public Forum on Thailand and The United States After 180 Years: A Changing Alliance in A Changing Southeast Asia, Monday, 9 September 2013 at 08.30 – 11.30 a.m. at The Chumbhot-Pantip Conference Room, 4th Floor Prajadhipok-Rambhaibarni Building Facult...
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Thailand’s US pivot: hedging or hugging? 
For the past three years, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has been obsessed with the country’s human trafficking record. He has single-handedly pushed for extensive reforms in all areas of this explosive issue....
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Pitak Siam postmortem offers many lessons 
That the anti-government Pitak Siam (Protecting Thailand) protest movement has subsided from a bang to a whimper in merely four weeks offers a host of reality checks and lessons for Thailand's political polarisation. At issue is whether the leading p...
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Democracy and Human Security in Southeast Asia 
The chapters in this book were produced as papers for a conference to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS)-Thailand, held in Bangkok on 27 - 28 October 2006. The theme of the conference, "Democracy a...
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A “Dream Thailand” Public Forum on: “Asia’s New ‘Boat People’ Crisis: Regionalization, Regulation, Regionalism” 
A “Dream Thailand” Public Forum on: “Asia’s New ‘Boat People’ Crisis: Regionalization, Regulation, Regionalism”, 9th June 2015 at 08.30 – 11.30 a.m....
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A Public Forum on “Myanmar’s Rohingya Question: Domestic Consequences and Regional Implications” 
A Public Forum on “Myanmar’s Rohingya Question: Domestic Consequences and Regional Implications”, Friday, 7th March 2014 at 08.30 – 11.30 a.m....
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Enhancing Vietnam-Thailand Relations for Common Prosperity, Sustainable Development and Regional Security 
ISIS Thailand and ISEAS Vietnam Public Forum “Enhancing Vietnam-Thailand Relations for Common Prosperity, Sustainable Development and Regional Security” at 9.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. Tuesday, 12th July 2016...
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A Public Forum on Peace Talks in Southern Thailand: Pathways, Obstacles and Prospects 
A Public Forum on “Peace Talks in Southern Thailand: Pathways, Obstacles and Prospects” , Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 at 8.30-12.00 p.m. at The Chumbhot-Pantip Conference Room, 4th Floor Prajadhipok-Rambhaibarni Building, Faculty of Political Scienc...
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Is the Thai-Chinese railway a raw deal? 
Despite repeated assurances to the contrary from the government of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, the planned Thai-Chinese high-speed rail continues to attract scepticism. The government's explanation does not add up. Instead, it exposes the weakn...
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Japan must rise again, for the common good 
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's recent swing through three of the largest members of Asean has signalled a fluid start to the new year in East Asia's high-stakes regional mix....
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Democracy under Stress: Civil-Military Relations in South and Southeast Asia 
These eight specialists, conference papers relate to work done at Institute of Security and International Studies, Chulalongkorn. They address issues of civil-military relations and the role of the military in government. The main focus is on the resurgen...
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A Public Forum on “Russia’s Eastward Turn: Implications for Southeast Asia” 
A Public Forum on “Russia’s Eastward Turn: Implications for Southeast Asia”, Friday, 22nd May 2015 at 09:00 – 11:30 a.m....
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A Public Forum on “Thai Politics After Amnesty and Preah Vihear: Determinants, Outcomes and Prospects” 
A Public Forum on “Thai Politics After Amnesty and Preah Vihear: Determinants, Outcomes and Prospects,” Monday, 20th November 2013 at 8.30 - 11.30 a.m....
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Myanmar’s New Era: Problems and Prospects 
"Myanmar’s New Era: Problems and Prospects," Monday, 16th May 2016...
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Thailand counts the cost of three lost decades 
The country must reverse course to resume political and economic progress...
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Thailand's superpower courtship 
Whether it comes out of Bangkok or Washington, foreign policy ultimately derives from domestic politics. Long after United States President Barack Obama leaves Bangkok on this round of shuttle visits to three mainland Southeast Asian nations as part of hi...
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The Quest for Human Security: The next Phase of ASEAN? 
Selected Papers Presented at the ASEAN 2020 Conference on ASEAN: Human Security in the Twenty-first Century, July 21-22, 2000, Bangkok, Thailand...
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Entwined Past and Shared Future: Thai-Myanmar Relations in a Regional Perspective 
“Entwined Past and Shared Future: Thai-Myanmar Relations in a Regional Perspective”, Monday 20th April 2015 at 09.00a.m. – 12.15p.m....
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ASEAN Policy Speech “Diversity and Connectivity – Role of Japan as a Partner” 
ASEAN Policy Speech “Diversity and Connectivity – Role of Japan as a Partner” by H.E. Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan at 11.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. Monday, 2nd May 2016...
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Migrant workers policy yet another flop 
Assessed from just about any angle, it is difficult not to see Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's recent policy announcements on migrant workers as a series of self-inflicted flops. While damage control is the government's immediate concern, Tha...
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The rise of CLMT and the need for more G-2 
By happenstance and design, Mr Obama will leave tense and probably inconclusive negotiations over America's "fiscal cliff" with congressional leaders in favour of a presidential shuttle between Thailand and Myanmar to culminate with the East Asia Sum...
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Thai Constitutional Crafting 2015: Premises, Pitfalls, Prospects 
“Thai Constitutional Crafting 2015: Premises, Pitfalls, Prospects”, Thursday, 9th April 2015...
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The Lancang-Mekong Cooperation: Challenges, Opportunities and Ways Forward 
"The Lancang-Mekong Cooperation: Challenges, Opportunities and Ways Forward," Thursday, 28th April 2016...
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Thai-US relations back on the move again? 
Soon after the Asean Summit in April, United States President Donald J Trump placed phone calls to three Southeast Asian leaders and invited them to the White House....
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US poll has huge implications for Thailand 
Whether it is out of love or hate, or mostly somewhere in between, the nations and peoples around the globe are tuning in to see who will occupy the White House come January. For Thailand, beyond the sheer excitement and media frenzy, the contest between ...
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Era of the AEC: Scenarios, Stakes and Strategies 
"Era of the AEC: Scenarios, Stakes and Strategies", Tuesday, 31st March 2015 at 09.00am – 05.00pm...
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Thailand’s Draft Constitution and Referendum: Principles, Stakes, Directions 
"Thailand’s Draft Constitution and Referendum: Principles, Stakes, Directions" at 9.00 a.m. - 11.00 a.m. Wednesday, 16th March 2016...
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Trump's pragmatic pivot back to Asia 
It is ironic and counter-intuitive, but the administration of President Donald Trump is making more inroads for the United States into South-east Asia than the neighbourhood might have expected. His predecessor, Mr Barack Obama, invested enormous energy a...
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Cultivating the major powers 
While its neighbours have had prickly relations in the recent or distant past with either China or Japan, Thailand is counted as a valued partner through the contemporary thick and thin by both Beijing and Tokyo while all the while remaining a formal ally...
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A Public Forum on: “Islamic State and Middle East Turmoil: Lessons From and Implications for Southeast Asia” 
A Public Forum on: “Islamic State and Middle East Turmoil: Lessons From and Implications for Southeast Asia”, Friday, 6th February 2015 at 08.30 – 11.30 a.m....
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The ASEAN Community is Here: Now What? 
"The ASEAN Community is Here: Now What?" at 8.30 a.m. - 11.30 a.m. Friday, 12th February 2016...
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'Zbig': Renowned geopolitical maestro 
Last week's death of Zbigniew Brzezinski, the renowned thinker, writer and practitioner of geopolitics throughout the Cold War and onetime national security adviser to former US president Jimmy Carter in the late 1970s, has elicited generally positiv...
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New great game in mainland Southeast Asia 
Ms Yingluck's first several months in office were largely written off as her government was consumed by the flood crisis. When Thailand's worst deluge in decades subsided by January, the Yingluck government began to implement its raft of campaig...
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A Public Lecture on "U.S. Engagement with the Asia-Pacific Region in 2015” 
A Public Lecture on "U.S. Engagement with the Asia-Pacific Region in 2015”, Monday, 26th January 2015 at 01.30 – 03.00 p.m....
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Reality sets in three years after the coup 
Three years after it seized power in Thailand's 13th successful coup in 85 years, the government of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha appears embattled. Growing popular grievances have focused on Thailand's economic doldrums, persistent corruptio...
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What next after judicial deja vu? 
The sense of deja vu that pervades Thailand's political landscape in the lead-up to the Constitution Court's decision Friday on whether the lower house has violated the charter by trying to amend it harbours short- and longer-term implications....
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The submarine deal that won't go away 
Despite widespread public opposition, the Thai navy inked a 13.5-billion-baht contract last week for the first of what will be three Chinese submarines in an 11-year deal worth 36 billion baht. Myriad criticisms have been expressed in as many media platfo...
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Key players holding Asean hostage! 
After the Asean foreign minister failed to issue the joint communiqué last week, a frequently asked question has been: which countries are holding Asean hostage?...
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Trump promotes a 'pivot in Asia' 
It was bound to happen. With one brief trans-Pacific phone call to Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, U.S. President Donald Trump replaced the playbook that has governed U.S.-Thai...
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U-TAPAO BROUHAHA : The politics of the Nasa controversy 
Thai quipsters have put it aptly _ it is now easier for the United States' National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) to go to the Moon than to come to Thailand, now that the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has opted for pa...
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North Korea must win back Asean goodwill 
North Korea has officially asked for Asean’s support in its row with the US over the current stand-off. Frankly speaking, it was a bit too late and also unwarranted....
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REGIONAL PERSPECTIVE: Ending Thailand's impunity for real 
After an impressive defence of Thailand's human right records in Geneva at the first cycle of universal periodic review (UPR) last October, concerned authorities from at least 30 agencies across the country are now hard at work....
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Are Thais getting the dictators they deserve. 
For a society that has overthrown two military dictatorships over the past two generations, what has been happening in Thailand is astonishing....
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Dynamics of Reconciliation in Myanmar 
Myanmar’s opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has made enough of a point without derailing her country’s spectacular political settlement by democratic means when she stood up to her opponents and later budged....
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Thailand's new Constitution points to more political imbalance 
Set against a political malaise that has persisted for more than a dozen years of topsy-turvy protests and turmoil, punctuated by two related military coups in 2006 and 2014, Thailand's newly promulgated Constitution under the new reign of King Maha ...
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Asean's old rifts with China widen in Phnom Penh 
Over the past decades, the Philippines used to be benign with its defence strategy over the claims in South China Sea....
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Thailand lacks understanding of CLMV 
Thailand loves to discuss plans to help its neighbouring countries. “Prosper-Thy-Neighbour” has been the motto for decades for successive Thai governments. Since the end of the Vietnam war and the subsequent rapid economic development period of 1980s,...
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How much more can Thailand take? 
As the process of picking up the pieces has begun after the worst of the flood has subsided, many questions and challenges have surged to the fore. Chief among them will be how the authorities intend to shore up the Thai economy in the aftermath of such d...
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Challenges, prospects of 2017 constitution 
Nearly three years after its last military coup, there is good and bad news as Thailand gears up to leave behind the current period of military government, whose record has been mixed at best....
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Thailand's murky, muddled road ahead 
In a new era of transformative technologies and tectonic geopolitical shifts, standing still is tantamount to falling behind. This is what Thailand is doing....
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Why Thailand is not taken seriously on rights issues 
Long before the concept of Responsibility to Protect (R2P) existed, which gave a new meaning to the duties and responsibilities of states and individuals to prevent inhuman acts of all kinds, Thailand has long shown goodwill and humanitarian gestures, wit...
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Thailand's empire-building tycoons 
BANGKOK During Thailand's boom years, between 1986 and 1996, business owners didn't have to look far beyond their own national borders to guarantee healthy profits....
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Political fallout from the Dhammakaya case 
To the average bystander, the recent brouhaha over the Dhammakaya temple raises many questions with few answers and just about no clarity....
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Thailand and Philippines: Twins separated at birth. 
The best description of Thailand-Philippine friendship would be as twins separated at birth. Both countries are close allies of the US and each has their ups and downs. They fought side by side as members of the UN-led international forces in the Korean W...
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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....
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Dire airport, culture hub belie 'Thailand 4.0' 
Thailand is prone to policy faddism. Several years ago, the AEC (Asean Economic Community) was all the rage until it officially came into being with a whimper at the end of 2015. Back then, hardly a day went by without some kind of a workshop or conferenc...
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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 impea...
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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...
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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....
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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 milit...
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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...
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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....
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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...
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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....
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Philippine chair: Challenges and celebrations 
The arrival of 45th US President-elect Donald Trump has become one of the biggest challenges for Asean, as it commemorates its 50th anniversary this year....
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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 i...
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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...
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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...
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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....
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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...
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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....
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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....
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Thailand's new politics under a new monarch 
Much like the world beyond its borders, Thailand is going through a political malaise that naturally accompanies the transition at the end of a 70-year-long era....
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Manila adds new political dynamic to Asean 
Should Asean issue a strong statement against China? Should Asean display solidarity against China? The bloc’s rhetoric on China has always been an enigma because it pertains to longstanding, unique Asean diplomatic approaches....
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Thailand prepares for Trump as ties warm up 
From zero to hero is the trajectory of Thailand’s future relations with the US. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is scheduled to visit Washington in mid-June in response to US President Donald Trump’s invitation. The trip will mark an important step t...
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Duterte’s wild ideas on expanding Asean 
With the Philippines chairing the regional block, Asean has never had a dull moment. President Rodrigo Duterte has lived up to his country’s pronounced theme of “Partnering with the region, engaging the world”....
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Cooling North Korean heat and the South China Sea 
Something strange happened at last week’s meeting among senior officials from the Asean Regional Forum in Manila....
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Myanmar’s peace process and international players 
When the second session of the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference was held last month, China emerged as the most important foreign player. Other countries long associated with the push for peace before the current process took shape have had to fine-t...
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Asean at 50: China-US rivalry now a key concern 
Nobody could predict that as Asean moves past its 50-year mark, a new international environment would emerge that will require the regional group to do further soul-searching. New buzzwords about uncertainties and unpredictability — due to sudden reserv...
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ASP Public Forum on Eurozone Crisis, Slow U.S. Recovery: Implications for Thailand 
Monday, January 30th 2012, at 9.30 – 11.30 a.m. The 4th Floor Conference Room, Prajadhipok-Rambhaibarni Building Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University...
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A Public Lecture by Dr. Larry Diamond 
Leading Democracy Schola to Speak at Chula...
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Public Forum on “China’s Rise and America’s Return: Impact on South East Asia 
This discussion should prove interesting as it will delve into areas that have received increasing attention in the past year including increasing discussion over the South China Sea, shifting trade patterns, and ongoing modernization of regional militari...
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An ISIS Public Forum on “Reconciliation and Charter Change: Underpinnings and Scenarios” 
The new academic year has just started, and we at ISIS have resumed our public forum engagements, thanks to the support of the Friedrich Naumann Stiftung. Over the past several months, we have conducted a number of close-door conferences and workshops on ...
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Obama II: What it Means for Southeast Asia and Thailand 
A Seminar on Obama II: What it Means for Southeast Asia and Thailand 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, 20 November 2012 in the Chumbhot-Pantip Conference Room, 4th Floor Prajadhipok-Rambhaibarni Building, Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn Univers...
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ISIS Public Forum on “Thailand’s Outlook 2013: Politics, Economy, Borders, and Beyond” 
As 2013 gets underway, we are interested in the trends and shapes of things to come in Thailand going forward this year and beyond. The line-up of speakers is top-notch, a balanced mix of experts on Thai politics, economy and foreign policy. Will the gove...
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ISIS Public Forum on “Insurgency, Violence and Peace: Southern Philippines and Thailand’s Deep South” 
The Malay-Muslim insurgency in Thailand’s southernmost border provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat has raged for more nearly nine years and claimed more than 5,000 deaths. Thailand’s deep south is now one of the deadliest internal conflicts in th...
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ISIS Public Forum on “Preah Vihear and Phra Viharn: Pathways to A Shared Destiny” 
The forum will be held during 08.30 – 11.30 a.m. on Thursday, 21 March 2013 at the Chumbhot-Pantip Conference Room, 4th Floor Prajadhipok-Rambhaibarni Building, Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University....
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Asia Pacific Security in the next decade: The US Rebalancing toward Asia 
As the world’s economic locomotives continue to move to the Asia-Pacific region, the US has decided to “pivot” its foreign policy toward the Indo-Pacific Ocean. With the rising power of China and an emerging stress along flashpoints in East China an...
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ISIS public forum on the occasion of a book launch, authored by Dr. Aurel Croissant. The title of Dr. Croissant’s book is Democratization and Civilian Control in Asia 
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An ISIS Public Forum on “Myanmar’s Reform Challenges: Implications for Development Research” 
this half day forum will explore how capacity in development research can be supported in a systematic manner in the rapidly changing context of Burma/Myanmar. We will focus on research and development in view of the recent and ongoing religious and secta...
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An International Seminar on “ASEAN Unity and Maritime Challenges in South China Sea and Asia Pacific” 
The Centre for Asian Strategic Studies-India (CASS-India), New Delhi, in cooperation with the Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS Thailand) is organizing an international conference on “ASEAN Unity and Maritime Challenges in South Chin...
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Public Forum on Monday 5 August 2013 
“Elections, Democracy and Regional Community-Building: Implications from Malaysia and Cambodia in 2013”, Monday, 5 August 2013, 01.30 – 04.00 p.m. Saranites Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Main Auditorium Chulalongkorn University...
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A Special Lecture Series on “Uniting for the future: Learning from each other’s experiences 
As you know, Thailand has been embroiled in political conflict and confrontation in recent years. The roots, dynamics and prospects of Thailand’s contested political future are uncertain, and we do not expect this day-long public forum to come up with a...
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ISIS Public Forum on “Peace Talks in Southern Thailand: Pathways, Obstacles and Prospects" 
ISIS public forum on “Peace Talks in Southern Thailand: Pathways, Obstacles and Prospects”. Details of the program and a reply form are attached. The forum will be held during 08.30 – 11.30 a.m. on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 at the Chumbhot-Pantip C...
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A Public Forum on Myanmar’s Rohingya Question: Domestic Consequences and Regional Implications 
The forum will be held during 08.30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on Friday, 7 March 2014. The venue is The Chumbhot-Pantip Conference Room, 4th Floor Prajadhipok-Rambhaibarni Building, Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University. Myanmar’s opening has...
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A Public Forum on “ASEAN-Australia Relations in Asia’s Transformation” 
I have the pleasure of inviting you to participate in a forum on “ASEAN-Australia Relations in Asia’s Transformation”. Details of the program and a reply form are attached. The forum will be held during 08.30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, 17 July...
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An ISIS Public Forum on “The Macroeconomic Impact of Thailand’s Military Intervention” 
I have the pleasure of inviting you to participate in a public forum on “The Macroeconomic Impact of Thailand’s Military Intervention”. Details of the program and a reply form are attached. The forum will be held during 08.30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on ...
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An ISIS Public Forum on “Reforming Post-Coup Thai Politics: Issues, Priorities and Challenges”, Friday, 3rd October 2014, 08.30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 
I have the pleasure of inviting you to participate in a public forum on “Reforming Post-Coup Thai Politics: Issues, Priorities and Challenges”. Details of the program and a reply form are attached. The forum will be held during 08.30 a.m. – 11:30 a....
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An ISIS Public Forum on “The Mekong Mainland: Axis of Prosperity, Security and Competition”, Tuesday, 2nd December 2014, 08.30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 
I have the pleasure of inviting you to participate in a public forum on “The Mekong Mainland: Axis of Prosperity, Security and Competition”. Details of the program and a reply form are attached. The forum will be held during 08.30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ...
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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 
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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An ISIS Public Forum on “Militant Islam and Middle East Turmoil: Lessons From and Implications For Southeast Asia”,09.00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Friday, 6th February 2015 
I have the pleasure of inviting you to participate in a public forum on “Militant Islam and Middle East Turmoil: Lessons From and Implications For Southeast Asia”. Details of the program and a reply form are attached. The forum will be held during 09....
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An ISIS Public Forum on “Thai Constitution-Crafting 2015: Premises, Pitfalls, Prospects” at 09.00 – 11.30 a.m. Thursday, 9th April 2015 
I have the pleasure of inviting you to participate in a public forum on “Thai Constitution- Crafting 2015: Premises, Pitfalls, Prospects.” Details of the program and a reply form are attached. The forum will be held during 09.00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on...
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An ISIS Public Forum on "RUSSIA'S EASTWARD TURN: IMPLICATIONS FOR SOUTHEAST ASIA" 
An ISIS Public Forum on "RUSSIA'S EASTWARD TURN: IMPLICATIONS FOR SOUTHEAST ASIA" Friday, 22nd May 2015 at 09.00am - 11.30am...
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The Sixth International Meeting on Conflict Management, Peace Economics & Peace Science 
"The Sixth International Meeting on Conflict Management, Peace Economics & Peace Science," July 24-25, 2015...
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A “Dream Thailand” Public Forum Series: “Moving Up the Global Value Chain: Thailand's Upgrading and Growth Imperatives” 
A “Dream Thailand” Public Forum Series: “Moving Up the Global Value Chain: Thailand's Upgrading and Growth Imperatives” Thursday, at 09.00 – 11.30 a.m. Thursday, 18th June 2015...
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A “Dream Thailand” Public Forum Series on “Asia’s New ‘Boat People’ Crisis: Regionalization, Regulation, Regionalism” 
A “Dream Thailand” Public Forum Series on “Asia’s New ‘Boat People’ Crisis: Regionalization, Regulation, Regionalism,” Tuesday, 9th June 2015, 09.00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m....
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An ISIS Public Forum on “Myanmar’s 2015 Election and Beyond: Previews, Prospects and Post-Election Scenarios” 
An ISIS Public Forum on “Myanmar’s 2015 Election and Beyond: Previews, Prospects and Post-Election Scenarios” at 08.30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, 4th August 2015....
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A “Dream Thailand” Public Forum Series: “Security, Safety, Stability: Moving Forward After Erawan Shrine Incident”, at 09.00 – 11.30 a.m. Tuesday, 6th October 2015 
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A “Dream Thailand” Public Forum Series: “Security, Safety, Stability: Moving Forward After Erawan Shrine Incident”, at 09.00 – 11.30 a.m. Tuesday, 6th October 2015 
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A “Dream Thailand” Public Forum Series: “Security, Safety, Stability: Moving Forward After Erawan Shrine Incident” 
A “Dream Thailand” Public Forum Series: “Security, Safety, Stability: Moving Forward After Erawan Shrine Incident”, at 09.00 – 11.30 a.m. Tuesday, 6th October 2015...
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สัมมนา “ความสัมพันธ์ไทย-จีน ๔๐ ปี : อดีต ปัจจุบัน และอนาคต” “40 Years of Thai-China Relations: Past, Present and Future” 
สัมมนา “ความสัมพันธ์ไทย-จีน ๔๐ ปี : อดีต ปัจจุบัน และอนาคต” “40 Years of Thai-China Relations: Past, Present and Future” วันจันทร์ท...
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An ISIS Public Forum on “Managing the Mekong Mainland: Energy Security and Environmental Imperative” 
An ISIS Public Forum on “Managing the Mekong Mainland: Energy Security and Environmental Imperative” at 10.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. Thursday, 15th October 2015....
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Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) Public Forum “Thailand’s Deep South Update: Language as Peacemaker?” 
Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) Public Forum “Thailand’s Deep South Update: Language as Peacemaker?” at 9.00 – 11.30 a.m. Wednesday, 4th November 2015....
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Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) Public Forum “Post-Election Myanmar: Government, Military, Minorities” 
Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) Public Forum “Post-Election Myanmar: Government, Military, Minorities” at 9.00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, 1st December 2015....
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ASEAN and Korean Peninsula in Asia’s Emerging Regional Architecture” 
“ASEAN and Korean Peninsula in Asia’s Emerging Regional Architecture” at 9.30 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.(Followed by Lunch) Wednesday, 9th December 2015....
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Happy New Year 2016 
All best wishes for a very happy, healthy, productive and serene New Year. ...
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Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) Public Forum “The ASEAN Community is Here: Now What?” 
Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) Public Forum “The ASEAN Community is Here: Now What?” at 9.00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Friday, 12th February 2016....
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Seminar and book launch ”The Mekong: Law, Dams and Development” 
Seminar and book launch ”The Mekong: Law, Dams and Development” at 10.00a.m.-12.00p.m. Wednesday 17th February 2016....
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Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) Public Forum “Thailand’s Draft Constitution and Referendum: Principles, Stakes, Directions” 
Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) Public Forum “Thailand’s Draft Constitution and Referendum: Principles, Stakes, Directions” at 9.00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, 16th March 2016....
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Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) Public Forum “The Lancang-Mekong Cooperation: Challenges, Opportunities and Ways Forward” 
Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) Public Forum “The Lancang-Mekong Cooperation: Challenges, Opportunities and Ways Forward” at 9.00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Thursday, 28th April 2016....
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Foreign Minister of Japan to speak on ASEAN at ISIS/Chulalongkorn University 
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Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) Public Forum “Myanmar’s New Era: Problems and Prospects” at 9.00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Monday, 16th May 2016. 
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ISIS Thailand and ISEAS Vietnam Public Forum “Enhancing Vietnam-Thailand Relations for Common Prosperity, Sustainable Development and Regional Security” 
ISIS Thailand and ISEAS Vietnam Public Forum “Enhancing Vietnam-Thailand Relations for Common Prosperity, Sustainable Development and Regional Security” at 9.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. Tuesday, 12th July 2016...
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Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) Public Forum “Thailand After Referendum: Scenarios and Prospects” 
Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) Public Forum “Thailand After Referendum: Scenarios and Prospects” at 9.00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, 21st September 2016....
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What's AIIB all about? China, Asia and A Contested Global Order 
Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) Public Forum “What’s AIIB All About? China, Asia and A Contested Global Order ” at 09.00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Monday, 31st October 2016....
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Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) Public Forum “Brexit, Europe and the World: Implications for Asia and Thailand” 
Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) Public Forum “Brexit, Europe and the World: Implications for Asia and Thailand” at 09.30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Thursday, 29th September 2016....
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Islamist Movements and Middle East Turmoil: Lessons from and Implications for Southeast Asia 
Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) Public Forum “Islamist Movements and Middle East Turmoil: Lessons from and Implications for Southeast Asia” at 09.30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Thursday, 27th October 2016....
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“CHINA’S FUTURE: Implications for Asia’s Security and World Order” 
Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) Public Lecture “CHINA’S FUTURE: Implications for Asia’s Security and World Order” at 10.00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Monday, 16th January 2017....
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“Migration, Terrorism and Democracy: Lessons and Challenges Across Asia and Africa at 09.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m. Tuesday, 31st January 2017. 
Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) Public Forum “Migration, Terrorism and Democracy: Lessons and Challenges Across Asia and Africa at 09.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m. Tuesday, 31st January 2017....
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“President Donald J. Trump: Meanings and Consequences for Southeast Asia and Thailand” 
A “Dream Thailand” Public Forum Series “President Donald J. Trump: Meanings and Consequences for Southeast Asia and Thailand” at 09.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m. Friday, 3rd February 2017....
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“Asian Views on America’s Role in Asia: The Future of the Rebalance” 
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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“Coping with the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Thailand’s Economic Growth Imperatives” 
A “Dream Thailand” Public Forum Series – “Coping with the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Thailand’s Economic Growth Imperatives” at 09.30 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. Tuesday, 25th April 2017....
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A "Dream Thailand" Publice Forum Series "Reforming Thailand’s Education System: Where To Start?" 
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A “Dream Thailand” Public Forum Series ¬– “Thailand’s 2017 Constitution Update: Organic Laws and Roadmap Dynamics,” 
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