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 Events Summary 2020
Webinar: China, the United States, and the Rest: Tensions and Directions During COVID-19 on Wednesday 29th July 2020 at 09.00 a.m. – 10.30 a.m. (Bangkok) / 10.00 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. (Beijing) / 11.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. (Tokyo) 
This forum focuses on how China and the US see the fluid pandemic-driven global environment. Are China-US tensions leading to further escalation and confrontation? We already have seen conflicts in bilateral trade, tech, financial, immigration, and so on. Is armed conflict becoming less implausible? How might tensions de-escalate and what are future directions in view of domestic dynamics in both countries? And how should the rest of Asia and beyond handle this superpower faceoff? These are some of the issues and questions that will be addressed. In addition, we will field audience questions beforehand to include them in the discussion. I hope you will join us in what I think will be an informative forum with takeaway insights.
Facebook Live: Southeast Asia After COVID-19: Pitfalls and Prospects on Wednesday 17th June 2020 at 08.00 p.m. – 09.15 p.m. (Bangkok) 
While states and societies in Southeast Asia grapple with the coronavirus and pressure to end lockdowns and restart economic activities, we invite you to listen to a panel of experts who will analyze the impact on politics, economics, conflict, security, and governance - and possible ways forward. I know there have been and will continue to be myriad virtual and online events about COVID-19 and Southeast Asia. By necessity, we need to engage this “COVID and Southeast Asia/ASEAN” subject like our peers and counterparts.
Facebook Live: VThai Politics Beyond COVID-19: Underpinnings, Directions, Prospects” Friday, 15th May 2020 at 03.30 p.m. - 05.00 p.m. 
We now turn out attention to Thai politics in view of Covid-19. Will the student-led flash mobs prior to Covid-19 reappear after the virus subsides? What will be the political consequences of the ongoing economic doldrums and GDP contraction? How will the Thai people respond and react to the Covid handling and management under the government of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha? And the role of the military in Thai politics in the coming months? Tensions seem to be mounting as Thailand grapples with political problems and economic adversity over the past several years, now exacerbated by the coronavirus crisis. This webcast public forum will aim to address these questions and issues.
Facebook Live: Virus Risks and Economic Imperatives: Balance and Priorities on Friday, 1st May 2020 at 09.30-11.00 a.m. 
This forum will focus on the shifting and moving balance between virus concerns and economic imperatives. The Thai government today has announced an extension of the emergency decree for another month until the end of May 2020. This extension is understandable due to the persistence of the deadly coronavirus and its potential new outbreaks, even if numbers of infections and fatalities appear to have stabilized. At the same time, bottom-up pressure for a partial re-opening of the Thai economy is mounting, as economic hardships have hit the people hard and fast.
Facebook Live: Counting the Cost, Looking for Recovery: The Thai Economy After COVID-19 on Thursday, 23rd April 2020 at 09.30-11.00 a.m. 
We will shift gear and focus on Thailand in particular. Our next online public forum on Thursday 23rd April (930am-11am) is entitled “Counting the Cost, Looking for Recovery: The Thai Economy After COVID-19,” featuring two leading economists in Dr Supavud Saicheua and Dr Sutapa Amornwiwat. Their backgrounds are attached. Dr Supavud is a prominent economist in Thailand for more than the past three decades, known for his independent macroeconomic analyses. Dr Sutapa has worked in multiple capacities in the government sector, including with the Fiscal Policy Office, and now with a data analytics tech start-up under Siam Commercial Bank. This online forum will home in on challenges facing the Thai economy during and after the virus crisis.
Facebook Live: COVID-19 in Thailand and Southeast Asia: Dynamics, Directions, Prospects on Friday, 17th April 2020 at 09.30-11.00 a.m. 
COVID-19 in Thailand and Southeast Asia: Dynamics, Directions, Prospects
Friday, 17th April 2020 at 09.30-11.00 a.m.
Facebook Live: ASEAN and COVID-19: A Regional Response? Friday, 10th April 2020 at 09.30-11.00 a.m. 
ASEAN and COVID 19: A Regional Response?
Friday, 10th April 2020 at 09.30-11.00 a.m.
A Public Forum On – Finding Balance and "Happiness": Individuals, States and the International System at 10.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. Monday, 20th January 2020. 
Happiness is hard to come by and difficult to define. It derives from a complex and moving balance between work and living, between state and society, between faith and reason, encompassing much more than just what gross domestic product and national income stand for. While happiness can be subjective and tough to measure, it is generally considered to be associated with biological, behavioural, and public policy concerns. In a three-level framework of individuals, states, and the international system, this public forum shares experiences and expertise from the Nordic countries that have been ranked consistently among the top of all societies across the world for overall well-being and happiness.
We will start with a keynote talk by Mr Meik Wiking who is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute and New York Times Bestselling Author. He will address issues such as how happiness should be measured, how to convert wealth into well-being, explaining why the Nordic model always top global happiness rankings. In addition, we will also listen to local experts who have worked on and practiced health and wellness in Thailand.
A Public Lecture On - On China: Growth Prospects, Domestic Politics and Geostrategy in the 21st Century at 09.30 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. Wednesday, 29th January 2020. 
This public forum features a keynote lecture by Professor Dwight H. Perkins who has studied China and its development for nearly 70 years, since 1954 as a Cornell undergraduate student, including trips to China and meetings with former Chinese leader Deng Xaioping in the 1970s. Professor Perkins has authored numerous books and articles on China, as his profile on google and wikipedia attests. He has also been consultant and advisor to many committees dealing with China and United States-China relations. I can personally assure you that this is a rare opportunity to listen to one of the world’s most authoritative voices on China. Unlike other forums, we will focus mainly on Professor Perkins’s speech, with just one discussant to tease out local and regional implications.
(July 31, 2020) Thai justice system overhaul overdue 
Thailand's current talk of the country is undoubtedly the scandal centring on Red Bull scion Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya for the 2012 hit-and-run resulting in the gruesome death of a policeman on a motorcycle.
(July 29, 2020) Geopolitical headwinds under and beyond COVID-19 
The COVID-19 pandemic has accentuated patterns of bilateral acrimony and geopolitical rivalry. The United States and China are missing a critical opportunity to shape a post-corona international order that is based on mutual respect and multilateral cooperation. The continued downward trend in relations between the two superpowers has implications for the entire Asia-Pacific region.
(July 24, 2020) Give Thai youth movement a chance 
The coronavirus reprieve for the government of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is ironically over as Thailand's youth movement for political change has resumed in earnest.
(August 4, 2020) Australia walks a political tightrope 
No country has ever been so loyal to the United States as Australia. The nation has unfailingly supported American foreign policy both during and since the Cold War era, protecting its national interests and security. Unfortunately, the strategic environment that allowed the US-Australia alliance to flourish has gradually eroded over the past two decades.
(July 21, 2020) RCEP the key to East Asia's recovery 
The Asean-led Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) will almost certainly be signed at the 37th Asean Summit in November. Fears of further delays -- due to ripple effects from the intensified US-China rivalry, which has reached unprecedented levels -- as well as concerns about India's absence have now been overcome. Once signed, the RCEP will be the world's biggest free-trade arrangement which will serve as an engine for economic recovery in the post-Covid-19 world.
(July 14, 2020) Thai-US alliance comes with new twists 
Before General James C McConville, the Chief of Staff of the US army, was able to sign the Joint Vision Statement 2020 for the Thai-US Defence Alliance last Friday, he had to go through the stringent Covid-19 measures required under Thai law for foreign visitors.