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Obama II: What it Means for Southeast Asia and Thailand
Obama II: What it Means for Southeast Asia and Thailand

  

Obama II: What it Means for Southeast Asia and Thailand

  

Dear Colleague,

 

I have the pleasure of inviting you to attend a public seminar and discussion on November 20 assessing the results of the U.S. elections and the implications for our region. President Obama will have just visited Thailand and will that day be attending the East Asia Summit in Phnom Penh, symbolizing his policy of reinvigorating relations with traditional allies, and closely engaging with ASEAN. How will his initiatives play out during his next four years? President Obama will have to deal with a nation and Congress bitterly divided over government policy including taxation, debt and health care.  Will these struggles detract from his ability to manage foreign policy? China is also selecting new leadership this month.  Will the U.S. and China be able to manage their differing priorities?

 

We have a distinguished panel with a deep and varied backgrounds to help us assess the implications for Thailand and for the region:

Prof Klaus Larres is the Richard M. Krasnow Distinguished Professor in History and International Affairs at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.  Dr. Larres has held a wide variety of academic positions and fellowships and has written extensively on the U.S. role in global affairs.

Mr. Sek Wannamethee is Director-General for North American and Pacific Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  He will just have participated in President Obama’s visit.

Prof. Thanet Aphornsuvan is the Dean of Pridi Banomyong International College at Thammasat University.  Previously, he was a Professor at the Faculty of Liberal Arts.

Mr. Kavi Chongkittavorn is a distinguished journalist and columnist.  He serves as a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Security and International Affairs.  He has written widely on national and regional affairs.

Mr. Robert Fitts is a former U.S. diplomat with wide experience in South East Asia and has worked in the U.S. Senate.  He now serves as Director of the American Studies Program at ISIS.

 

Our panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Director of ISIS Thailand.  After our panelists offer their views, there will be ample time for discussion with the audience. We encourage your questions.

 

The forum will be held between 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, 20 November 2012 in the Chumbhot-Pantip Conference Room, 4th Floor Prajadhipok-Rambhaibarni Building, Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University. I hope very much that you can join us.

 

Best regards,

 

Robert W. Fitts

 


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