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Event Summary 2017
After Yingluck: What’s Next for Thai Politics? 
Former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's absence at her court verdict on 25th August 2017 has become a turning point in Thai politics. Questions abound as to what will now happen to Yingluck and her Pheu Thai party, which is also seen as answerable to her brother, Thaksin Shinawatra. Yingluck's departure from the political scene for the time being impinges on the political party scene and election dynamics more broadly. For the government, Yingluck's escape in view of her potential imprisonment under the rice-pledging court case may have brought near-term stability but prospects remain murky for the longer-term in view of the rescheduled announcement of her verdict on 27th September 2017. Will the government still allow elections to take place next year and what will be the military's role in politics down the road? What happens to Yingluck/Thaksin and Pheu Thai party after 27th September? This panel of prominent politicians and a well-known academic will address these and other questions.. 
Thailand’s First Year in the ASEAN Community: Challenges and Prospects 
As you are aware, the ASEAN Community has been in motion since the end of 2015 but its real results are yet to be determined. In fact, ASEAN already has launched “ASEAN Community Vision 2025” as a forward-look acknowledgement that the ASEAN Community is a work in progress. Its three pillars – ASEAN Political-Security Community (APSC), ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), and ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) – all have much to be desired in view of geopolitical tensions in the region, glacial pace of economic integration, and divergent human rights practices in different member states. But despite its many challenges, the ASEAN Community is here to stay. It is a phenomenon to be reckoned with, not an end in itself but a major milestone and concrete ambition of Southeast Asia’s 10-member regional organisation to forge ahead together. On this occasion, we will look at Thailand’s role so far in the ASEAN Community and at ASEAN’s broader challenges and prospects. Apart from speakers who are expert on the subject, this public forum will feature a keynote address from former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. 
Thailand’s 2017 Constitution Update: Organic Laws and Roadmap Dynamics 
Three years after its latest coup and military government, Thailand’s new constitution has been drafted and was promulgated on 6th April 2017. Yet the road towards a return to popular rule remains unclear. Much will depend on the progress of relevant organic laws that will enable an election to take place, including those related to political parties, the national election commission, and senators as well as members of parliament. This forum is intended to provide an update on the progress of the organic laws as well as roadmap dynamics with an eye on the timeframe of the incumbent interim government and national polls for a democratic mandate. We are honoured to offer perspectives from a distinguished line-up of former elected representatives and a current constitution drafter as well as foreign experts who will discuss the issues and stakes involved. 
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. These challenges are exacerbated by advancing technologies in a fast-changing world where standing still is tantamount to falling behind. The gap between Thailand’s outdated educational system from the past and the reforms required to compete abroad and meet expectations at home is widening. Many have suggestions but few have clear-cut solutions. This panel brings together experts from Thailand, Europe and America to trade notes, share experiences, and reflect/suggest where Thailand has been and where it needs to go to upgrade its education to address grievances and meet demands at home and abroad. 
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 the challenges and imperatives of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 
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 reactions in Asia regarding the policy’s motives and
intentions. Thursday, 2nd March 2017 
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 
“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.