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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 inc...
Executive Board 1. Associate Professor Dr.Thitinan Pongsudhirak 2. Professor Dr.Chaiwat Kamchoo 3. Associate Professor Dr. Ake Tangsupvattana 4. Assistant Professor Dr.Keokam Kraisorapong Advisory Board 1. Associate Professor Dr. Kusuma Snitwongse 2. Pr...
A Public Forum on “Thailand’s outlook 2013: Politics, Economy, Borders and Beyond”
Thailand's stalemate and uneasy accommodation
Thailand has regained relative calm and stability over the past year. After the worst floods in half a century subsided in early 2012, on the back of political crisis and turmoil that date back to 2005, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's government...
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...
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 establishe...
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...
China, Russia respond to US pivot to Asia
At first it was seen as an old strategem. When Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov presented a Draft Declaration on the Framework Principles of Strengthening Security and Developing Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Region at the East Asia Summit (EAS) f...
Democrats risk political oblivion in city poll
Over the past decade, Bangkok's governor race has provided telling implications for national politics. The winner, in that time, has come from the opposition party in national politics. In other words, the largest national winning party lost in Bangk...
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...
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....
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...
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 la...
Thailand’s politics hamstrings economic progress
While Thai politics has long been unruly, it has rarely been so unsettled and intractable as in 2011. Thailand has entered 2012 bruised and battered, even compared to previous bouts of political instability. This year will see more of the polarisation and...
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...
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....
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...
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....
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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....
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?...
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...
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....
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....
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....
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...
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...
A Public Lecture by Dr. Larry Diamond
Leading Democracy Schola to Speak at Chula...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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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