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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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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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Governor status quo leaves city as microcosm of nation 

The resulting and relative status quo that emerged from Bangkok's gubernatorial polls on Sunday bears cold implications for the national political landscape and the future of City Hall politics. 
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Bringing insurgency to an end will be a long, hard slog 

The media hype in Bangkok surrounding Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's recent meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in Putrajaya sounded as if peace was at hand in Thailand's restive southernmost border provinces where a deadly Malay-Muslim insurgency has festered for almost a decade. 
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Speaking peace to Asean 

Never before in its 45 years of existence has the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) received so much public attention in Thailand. 
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Japan must rise again, for the common good 

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's recent swing through three of the largest members of Asean has signalled a fluid start to the new year in East Asia's high-stakes regional mix. 
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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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 Event Summary

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
- Powerful quake rattles Mexico
    MEXICO CITY - A powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake rattled Mexico's capital and Pacific coast on Friday, shaking buildings, bringing down walls and prompting people to rush into the street.
- 6.9-earthquake off PNG Bougainville: USGS
    SYDNEY - A strong 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea's Bougainville Island Saturday but there was no risk of a widespread tsunami, seismologists said.
- Korea Ferry captain says evacuation delayed for safety
    JINDO, South Korea - The arrested captain of the South Korean ferry that capsized with 476 people on board said Saturday he had delayed evacuating the ship because of the sea conditions and the absence of rescue ships.
- Japan, US to back ASEAN's sea surveillance: report
    TOKYO - Japan and the United States will pledge to jointly help Southeast Asian nations boost their marine surveillance capabilities, a newspaper said Saturday, as tensions over territorial disputes in the region simmer.
- Pope sends condolences for S.Korea ferry victims
    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis on Saturday voiced condolences for the victims of a ferry disaster in South Korea, where 273 people are missing and 29 have been confirmed dead.

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