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What's AIIB all about? China, Asia and A Contested Global Order

Date :  31/10/2016 - 31/10/2016
Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) Public Forum “What’s AIIB All About? China, Asia and A Contested Global Order ” at 09.00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Monday, 31st October 2016. 
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King Bhumibol leaves behind a grateful nation 

The passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej brings to a close a defining chapter in Thailand. During his seven-decade rule, the monarch presided over Thailand's climb from a village backwater to a modern nation. 

Why the Thai people cry for His Majesty 

While the vast majority of Thais at home and abroad are in a mourning mood, yearning for a bygone past with an emerging angst for what is to come after King Bhumibol Adulyadej's spectacular seven-decade reign, this grief is not universally shared. 

Could the economy be Thailand's saving grace? 

After King Bhumibol Adulyadej's seven-decade reign, Thailand is an emotionally charged landscape, overcome with grief and nostalgia for a remarkable past and anxious about an uncertain future. 

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.