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  1 2 - An ISIS Public Forum on “The Mekong Mainland: Axis of Prosperity, Security and Competition”, Tuesday, 2nd December 2014, 08.30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
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The Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) was founded in 1981 as the Southeast Asian Security Studies Program within the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University. In February 1982, its status changed when it became an institute officially sanctioned by Chulalongkorn University, entrusted with the task of conducting independent research and disseminating knowledge on international and security issues.
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Interventions must have political goals 

Military interventions all over the world are invariably easier to go into than to get out of. In many large-scale military operations, entry points quickly warp into elusive and murky exit plans as the fog of war sets in. Only with clear and realistic political objectives can military interventions succeed in their stated aims. Many cases abroad are instructive for Thailand’s experience at home. 
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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 domestic power brokers to work on a "political reform council" and invited prominent international figures to promote reconciliation and unity. Conflating these two parallel tracks of reform and compromise has led to controversy and confusion. The best way for the Yingluck government to ensure the utility and effectiveness of these exercises is to get out of the way completely. 
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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 Overthrow Thaksinism (Pefot). 
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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 incidents is declining doesn’t fully answer the question. It could be possible to have a reduction in the number of violent incidents, but more deaths (i.e bigger bombs). Therefore, BP will look at deaths, injuries and incidents in this series of posts. 
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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 lay reader. LeRiche and Arnold, in the first comprehensive analysis of the world’s youngest state, explore the role that government policies played in leading to the birth of South Sudan. 
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A Special Lecture Series on “Uniting for the future: Learning from each other’s experiences” 

A Special Lecture Series on “Uniting for the future: Learning from each other’s experiences”, Monday, 2 September 2013, 08.15 - 17.30 hrs. 
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A Public Forum on “Thailand’s outlook 2013: Politics, Economy, Borders and Beyond” 

 
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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, November 6, 2012.

BHUTAN: GROSS NATIONAL HAPPINESS?
By Tashi Dorji, Editor and Managing Director, Business Bhutan 
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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, November 6, 2012.

Nepal: The Trials and Tribulations of A Republic
By Dr. Nishchal N. Pandey, Director, Centre for South Asian Studies, Kathmandu, Nepal 
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  External Feed 1
- Pope condemns religious persecution in Christmas address
    VATICAN CITY (AFP) - Pope Francis on Thursday roundly condemned jihadist violence and the "brutal persecution" of religious minorities in a Christmas message to the world's 1.2 billion Catholics and millions of others.
- Dhanin proposes cash giving instead of New Year parties
    Dhanin Chearavanont, Chairman and CEO of Charoen Pokphand Group, Wednesday proposed that companies give cash to their workers instead of throwing New Year parties for them.
- Google and Microsoft stand with Sony against hackers
    SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Google and Microsoft joined forces with Sony on Wednesday, using their online might to release "The Interview" film to online audiences despite threats from hackers.
- Obama, Malaysian PM hit the links in Hawaii
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President Barack Obama, on vacation in Hawaii, tends to golf with buddies and aides, but on Wednesday mixed things up, hitting the links with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.
- Japan mulls 29-billion-dollar stimulus to revive economy
    Tokyo (dpa) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government is considering a new economic stimulus package worth 3.5 trillion yen (29.2 billion dollars), local media reported Thursday, in one of his first policy moves since being re appointed as premier.

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