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 Event Summary 2018
Myanmar's Rohingya/Rakhine Crisis: Domestic Roots and International Dynamics 
As we are aware, Myanmar's promising reforms from 2011 culminated with elections four years later and a power-sharing agreement between generals and civilians, the latter led by Aung San Suu Kyi. Economic development has risen markedly, albeit from a low base, but fatigue and disillusion have beset democratization under high expectations. Due to the Suu Kyi-led government’s own fault and to intractable ethnic unrest, Myanmar has become a single-issue country revolving around the persecution of the Rohingya Muslim minority in westernmost Rakhine state. Myanmar’s economy is poised to enjoy a prolonged expansion as more capital and labor are deployed on fertile land but the country's democratic politics will be messy and unsatisfactory, leaving its erstwhile supporters in the international community feeling jilted. Against this backdrop, our public forum on this occasion will examine the trends and dynamics of Myanmar's Rohingya/Rakhine crisis.
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 Event Summary 2017
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Elections, corruption and Thai democracy - Thitinan Pongsudhirak 
People at home and abroad are calling for elections in Thailand on the premise of returning democracy to a country that has been under nearly four years of military government.
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Singapore's Asean tests: twists and turns - Kavi Chongkittavorn 
Judging from the well-crafted statement on the Asean foreign ministers' retreat in the Lion City last week, Singapore as the current chair of the regional grouping has its work cut out for it.
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Cobra Gold 2018: No more cheap talk, just action - Kavi Chongkittavorn 
The Cobra Gold multilateral military exercise is a barometer of how strong the Thai-US security commitment is despite several hiccups in recent years. Thailand's strategic role and value cannot be underestimated, especially at this pivotal juncture with the fluid security landscape of the region. After nearly a decade of inertia, the Thai and US administrations are gradually fine-tuning their wave-lengths and meeting mutual security needs.
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Locating Thailand in the Indo-Pacific region - Kavi Chongkittavorn 
Bluntly put, there are two reasons that propel Thailand to the front of the Asean queue in endorsing the US-led Indo-Pacific region concept. First of all, Thailand does not want the Indo-Pacific to concentrate on consultations between the US, India, Japan and Australia grouping -- known as the Quadrilateral or Quad.
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Trump can do more for Asean allies - Kavi Chongkittavorn 
When President Donald Trump decided to attend the East Asia Summit (EAS) last November, the Asean chair, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, was elated. However, roughly 56 hours after his arrival and after his participation in a series of meetings in Manila, the chair shuddered as the No.1 guest decided to leave early without attending the grouping's most exclusive leaders-only strategic forum, the 12th EAS.
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Mekong countries eye bold new future - Kavi Chongkittavorn 
When lead characters in a Chinese kung fu movie drink wine from the same cup, they are considered sworn brothers. They will fight and die together. Will all six riparian countries of the Lancang, or Mekong (Lan-Mei), share the same spirit of camaraderie as they all live on this magnificent river? There may be ominous signs during the Second Summit of the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) on Jan 10-11 in Phnom Penh.
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Is Thailand's civil society waking up again? - Thitinan Pongsudhirak 
It is hard to believe how the military-backed government of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha that appeared so strong not so long ago now looks shaky enough to be untenable.
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Thailand's twin tests in the new yaer - Thitinan Pongsudhirak 
It is a year of transitions - the Thais have a new king and pressure is growing for the military government to hold elections. But more than just polls are needed for Thai democracy to work well.
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A year of living dangerously in Thailand - Thitinan Pongsudhirak 
They were supposed to be in power for the royal transition but they have stayed too long and now want to win an unavoidable election.
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Making Thai passports more powerful - Kavi Chongkittavorn 
For a country that welcomed more than 33 million visitors from well over 150 countries last year, it is shocking to find out that Thai passport holders can go to just 73 countries without visas. That is pathetic and unacceptable and well below Singapore and Malaysia whose citizens can visit 176 and 166 countries visa-free respectively.
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Authoritarianism is accelerating in Southeast Asia - Thitinan Pongsudhirak 
The China model is winning, at the expense of liberal values

The year 2018 will mark the start of a period in which outright authoritarianism and illiberal quasi-democracy are likely to be Southeast Asia's prevailing norms. With few exceptions, liberal values and fundamental freedoms and rights will be manipulated and curtailed, even where elections continue to take place. Where authoritarianism holds sway, rights and freedoms will be suppressed altogether.
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Lessons from Thai votes on Jerusalem - Kavi Chongkittavorn 
Thailand made a historic decision on 21 Dec to join 127 other United Nations member states in rejecting the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. In the past, when push came to shove in a major diplomatic decision, Bangkok would normally duck the issue by practising "fence-sitting" to protect its perceived national interests.
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N Korea: An enemy at Asean's gate? - Kavi Chongkittavorn 
Southeast Asia is no longer immune from North Korean nuclear destructive force. As tensions heighten by the day, the US, Japan, South Korea and China, in their thoughtful ways, are bringing the looming nuclear threat to the eardrums of all Asean leaders. A frequently asked question: Are they serious?
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Thailand wise to act as EU-Asean conduit - Kavi Chongkittavorn 
The first paragraph of the Council of the European Union conclusion on Thailand, released last Monday after the EU foreign ministerial meeting, provided an insight into the state of EU-Thai relations. It says:
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The tragedy of Thailand's Surin Pitsuwan - Thitinan Pongsudhirak 
Much has been and more will be said of Dr Surin Pitsuwan's sudden and unexpected passing due to heart failure on Nov 30, at age 68, just when he appeared to be going from strength to strength after his stint in 2008-12 as Asean secretary-general. Many will also say that among the 13 heads of Asean in its 50-year history, Surin was the most effective and formidable. Indeed, he managed to speak for and champion Asean's causes and roles in Asia and the wider world even long after he left the job. No secretary-general of Asean is likely to come anywhere near the level of his eloquence, charm and charisma, the presence and confidence that his tall frame and good looks yielded. But Asean was second best for Surin. He was better than what he ended up with, unable to find professional landings commensurate with what he could bring to the job.
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Myanmar's media development has stalled - Kavi Chongkitavorn 
The atmosphere surrounding the development of liberal media in Myanmar, which began in earnest and has been carefully nurtured since 2012, is in a serious state of amnesia. This sentiment is widely felt and shared throughout the media community in the country.
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Surin was Asean’s de facto foreign minister - Kavi Chongkittavorn 
It was the spring of 2007. The application deadline was quickly approaching for a qualified Thai candidate to serve as the 12th Asean secretary-general.
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Tensions will mount as regime holds on - Thitinan Pongsudhirak 
After the most recent cabinet reshuffle produced the fifth line-up of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's government, it is clear the military intends to stay in power for the long term in one form or another. The reshuffle provided a more civilian look but let there be no doubt that Thailand still has a military government, led by generals who seized power more than three and a half years ago. As the top brass perpetuates its rule and puts off the election as long as they can, political tensions will mount as civilian-led forces agitate for a share of power and a return to popular rule.
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Myanmar goes ringside at China-India bout - Kavi Chongkittavorn 
China will go all out to help Myanmar in time of crisis. India will also help Myanmar, but it does not go all out," was the light-hearted comment made by a seasoned Asean diplomat based in Yangon recently.
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Singapore's Asean chair: think new and big - Kavi Chongkittavorn 
Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (left) took oiver chairmanship from Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at the 31st Asean Summit in Manila last week.
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Regional order in East Asia after summits - Thitinan Pongsudhirak 
Four Asean leaders assume the traditional cross-handed 'unity' photo op following the 31st Asean summit in Manila on Tuesday. From left, From left, Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Indonesia President Joko Widodo, Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.
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Duterte ends his colourful Asean lead role - Kavi Chongkittavorn 
Rodrigo 'The Punisher' Duterte's term as Asean chairman effectively ends today, a year marked by tough talk but flexibility.
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Donald Trump must learn virtues of EAS - Kavi Chongkittavorn 
US President Donald Trump arrives in Beijing, China yesterday. Mr Trump's decision to attend the East Asia Summit could help firm up his ties with Asean. REUTERS
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Thailand needs to arrive in 21st century - Thitinan Pongsudhirak 
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha takes part in the royal cremation ceremony for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Oct 26. The military-monarchy symbiotic relationship arose from Cold War conditions and circumstances.
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 Event Summary 2016
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Myanmar’s New Era: Problems and Prospects 
"Myanmar’s New Era: Problems and Prospects," Monday, 16th May 2016
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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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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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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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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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 News & Updates
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 Event Summary 2015
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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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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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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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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“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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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 “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 “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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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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Thai Constitutional Crafting 2015: Premises, Pitfalls, Prospects 
“Thai Constitutional Crafting 2015: Premises, Pitfalls, Prospects”, Thursday, 9th April 2015
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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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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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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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 Event Summary 2014
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Event Summary 2013
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, Chulalongkorn University
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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 University
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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, Chulalongkorn University
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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, Chulalongkorn University
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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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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 Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University
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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 Science, Chulalongkorn University
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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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 Event Summary 2012
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, Chulalongkorn University
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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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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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"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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