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 Event Summary 2016
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.
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
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
Myanmar’s New Era: Problems and Prospects 
"Myanmar’s New Era: Problems and Prospects," Monday, 16th May 2016
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
The Lancang-Mekong Cooperation: Challenges, Opportunities and Ways Forward 
"The Lancang-Mekong Cooperation: Challenges, Opportunities and Ways Forward," Thursday, 28th April 2016
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
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
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 unimaginable when I was a schoolboy eventually became inevitable, and now is undeniable in my midlife.
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.
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 in the right mix.
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.
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.
The conundrum of Thailand's resounding referendum result 
The overwhelmingly favorable result of Thailand's second-ever referendum has much deeper and wider significance than as a mere verdict on a military-backed constitution.
Thitinan Pongsudhirak: China's alarming 'water diplomacy' on the Mekong 
At first glance, it looks beneficent. As countries along the Lower Mekong river that snakes through mainland Southeast Asia struggled in the grip of a severe drought, China announced it would release water from its upstream Jinghong dam over nearly a month from March 15.
Puey's passage stirs up old questions, issues 
As Thai society has been caught up in a cultish and contentious search for the khon dee, or "good people", few can be more justifiably glorified than Puey Ungphakorn, a heroic Thai patriot from the Second World War and a quintessential technocrat who worked under military-authoritarian rule without selling his soul to it.
The US-Asean summit put in perspective 
It is easy to read too much into the first-ever United States-Asean summit. True, the just-concluded top-level gathering between the 10 Asean leaders and President Barack Obama was a watershed in many ways. It underscored America’s attention and intention behind the Obama administration’s geo-strategic “rebalance” to Asia.
'Asian values' become region's new battlefront 
Geopolitical tensions have soared alongside risk perceptions amid intensifying major-power rivalry in 21st century Asia, from the East and South China seas to the Indian and Pacific oceans. Yet the crucial battle that could determine the region's broader fate is not about territory. Rather, it revolves around the values that underpin Asia's authoritarian and democratic regimes.
Thai-US treaty alliance needs realigning 
That the United States' role in Asia's fluid and dynamic geopolitical canvas is considered indispensable is not a matter of dispute. Governments and states in South Asia, Southeast Asia and Northeast Asia have all been in favour of a continued American engagement that dates back more than a century, and which intensified after World War II and throughout the Cold War.
Thailand's rocky road for 2016 and beyond 
No country in Southeast Asia has been shooting itself in the foot more than Thailand. With so much going for it, the second-largest economy in the region manages to underperform spectacularly.
Between authoritarianism and democracy 
So far in the 21st century, political fortunes in Southeast Asian states have been mixed. As the world's only region that harbours all political regimes from absolutism in Brunei and authoritarianism in Thailand to thriving democracy in Indonesia and communist one-party rule in Vietnam, Southeast Asia's political future will likely be sandwiched between a rule by the few and government by the majority.
Thailand's uphill outlook for 2016 and beyond 
Constitutional machinations and the ongoing tussle between a monarchist elite and democratic forces look set to put Thailand on track for another difficult year.
NLD's sweep to usher in era of 'elected autocracy' in Myanmar 
YANGON -- One of the most revealing remarks about voter sentiment in Myanmar's historic Nov. 8 polls came from a middle-aged woman who stood patiently under the blazing sun, waiting to cast her ballot in central Yangon.
Myanmar reflects Asean domestic dilemmas 
Myanmar's momentous elections on Sunday have a familiar ring to them. Now, just like 25 years ago, the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), spearheaded by Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, is poised to thump the military-led Union Solidarity and Development Part (USDP) by a resounding margin.
South Korea: more than K-pop and kimchi 
South Korea is no longer shy talking about its role in promoting democracy and human rights in Asia and beyond. This new sense of confidence comes mainly from its full blossoming democratisation since the economic crisis in 1997. Its civil society groups are also very active within Asia and they serve as feisty watchdogs to ensure the transparency and accountability of government policies.
Party chiefs on collision course 
HINTHADA, Myanmar -- The head of Myanmar's ruling party conveyed a warning to opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi that "nobody is above the president," in response to her claim that she would be "above the president" if her National League for Democracy party wins a clear majority in the country's Nov. 8 election.
Shared strategic dilemma of US allies 
What do Australia, South Korea and Thailand have in common? All three are members of the US alliance in the Asia-Pacific. But their commonality does not end there. They all accept the rise of China and its influence in international order. Most of all, they heavily depend on economic ties with China, the arch-rival of the US. China is also their No. 1 trading partner.
The imperative of Thailand's trade policy 
Most of the post-mortems by pundits and trade policy analysts so far on the recently concluded Trans-Pacific Agreement (TPP) have been critical of the largest free-trade pact in two decades.
Myanmar jade report hits foreign and local companies, economic data 
MANDALAY, Myanmar -- A report into Myanmar's lucrative jade trade has thrown new light on the industry's vast size, with previously unpublished data that indicates the country's total revenue from the precious stone amounted to at least $31 billion last year -- equivalent to nearly half the country's 2014 gross domestic product and nearly three times earlier estimates.
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