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ACRF: Potential Green Recovery, New Social Contract Towards Sustainable ASEAN Future

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ACRF: Potential Green Recovery, New Social Contract Towards Sustainable ASEAN Future

10 December 2020

Energy , Energy Security

By Dr Venkatachalam Anbumozhi, Senior Energy Economist: With the outbreak of COVID-19, ASEAN member states are now in the middle of dealing with a combination …

Vetting China's Diplomacy: A Thai View

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Vetting China's Diplomacy: A Thai View

15 December 2020

China , Thailand

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Deciphering and understanding China's foreign policy postures and conduct is akin to walking into a maze. As the …

Migrant Workers Need Better Welfare

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Migrant Workers Need Better Welfare

22 December 2020

Labour and Migration

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: The number 2,482,256 is not a combination that will win Thailand's lottery top prize, but it is nonetheless …

ASEAN's Strategies to Address New Normal

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ASEAN's Strategies to Address New Normal

28 December 2020

ASEAN , COVID-19

By Dr Venkatachalam Anbumozhi, Senior Energy Economist: As policymakers prepare to intervene and industries consider changes to their business models, the COVID-19 pandemic and stimulus …

Don't Leave Migrant Workers Behind

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Don't Leave Migrant Workers Behind

29 December 2020

Labour and Migration

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: As 2020 comes to a close, the coronavirus outbreak at a seafood market in Samut Sakhon has …

Indonesian Economic Outlook 2021

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Indonesian Economic Outlook 2021

04 January 2021

Indonesia

By Dr Lili Yan Ing, ERIA's Lead Advisor for Southeast Asia Region: 2020 has been very challenging, but 2021 is not going to get better …

Thailand's 'Make or Break' Jobs in 2021

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Thailand's 'Make or Break' Jobs in 2021

05 January 2021

Labour and Migration , Thailand

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Thailand's future is now at the edge of a precipice due to the recent virus outbreak in Samut …

Lessons from the American Insurrection

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Lessons from the American Insurrection

12 January 2021

United States

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: The carnage on Capitol Hill last Wednesday provides numerous valuable lessons for both mature and emerging democracies around …

Recovery from COVID Requires a Coordinated Approach to Digitalization, Supply Chain Reorganization, and Skills Development

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Recovery from COVID Requires a Coordinated Approach to Digitalization, Supply Chain Reorganization, and Skills Development

14 January 2021

COVID-19

By Dr Rashesh Shrestha, Economist: The three main challenges ASEAN will face post-pandemic - digitalization, supply chains, and human capital – have been widely discussed. …

Brunei Takes Chair for Year of Recovery

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Brunei Takes Chair for Year of Recovery

19 January 2021

ASEAN , Brunei Darussalam

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: On the inspiring theme of ' We care, we prepare, we prosper' , Asean's smallest member is taking …

Thailand: In the Eye of the Coming Storm

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Thailand: In the Eye of the Coming Storm

26 January 2021

Thailand

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Last week, in his 229-word congratulatory message to US President Joe Biden, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha minced no …

Synchronizing Indonesia’s Diesel Fuel Policy

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Synchronizing Indonesia’s Diesel Fuel Policy

28 January 2021

Energy , Indonesia

By Dr Alloysius Joko Purwanto, Energy Economist: Indonesia aims to achieve two main objectives in its road transport fuel policy: first to protect health by …

American First has Morphed into First America

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American First has Morphed into First America

02 February 2021

United States

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: The confirmation hearing last week of US Secretary of State Antony Blinkin was very telling. In his …

Once Bitten, Twice Shy over Myanmar

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Once Bitten, Twice Shy over Myanmar

04 February 2021

Myanmar

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Long before it became a member, Asean was blindly defending Myanmar, believing that pressure from neighbours and regional …

The time is Right for Thailand to Join the CPTPP

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The time is Right for Thailand to Join the CPTPP

16 February 2021

Thailand

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: No more dillydallying. Thailand should join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Otherwise, the …

Three Narratives for Smart Livable Cities in the Post COVID-19 Era

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Three Narratives for Smart Livable Cities in the Post COVID-19 Era

18 February 2021

Innovation and Technology

By Dr Venkatachalam Anbumozhi, Senior Energy Economist: Cities are home to most of the world population and where problems and solutions meet. They are centres …

Thai-Aussie Ties are on Cloud Nine

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Thai-Aussie Ties are on Cloud Nine

23 February 2021

Australia , Thailand

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: On Feb 15, a historic milestone was achieved when Their Majesties the King and Queen visited the Australian …

Thailand's Dilemma in Myanmar Crisis

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Thailand's Dilemma in Myanmar Crisis

02 March 2021

Myanmar , Thailand

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Several subjects were on the table last Wednesday when Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi held talks with …

Real Access is Key to Women’s Participation in the Digital Economy

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Real Access is Key to Women’s Participation in the Digital Economy

08 March 2021

Digital Economy , Strategy and Partnership Programme , Women Participation

By Dr Giulia Ajmone Marsan, Strategy and Partnership Director, and Dr Araba Sey, Senior Research Scientist at the University of Washington Information School and …

Thailand's Three Myanmar Strategies

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Thailand's Three Myanmar Strategies

09 March 2021

Myanmar , Thailand

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: With the unexpected coup in Myanmar on Feb 1 and the ensuing violent clashes between protesters and …

Overcoming the Infodemic in ASEAN

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Overcoming the Infodemic in ASEAN

15 March 2021

ASEAN , Culture

By Ms Lydia Ruddy, Director of Communications at ERIA, and Ms Erica P. Sioson, Senior Officer at the ASEAN Secretariat: Spreading at least as …

Can US, China Cooperate on Myanmar?

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Can US, China Cooperate on Myanmar?

16 March 2021

China , Myanmar , United States

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Can the US transform the 'extreme competition' to 'extreme cooperation' with China for the sake of Myanmar's …

An ASEAN Way to Resolve the Myanmar Crisis

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An ASEAN Way to Resolve the Myanmar Crisis

21 March 2021

Myanmar

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: ASEAN has prided itself on being one of the world’s most successful regional organisations, with an impressive …

US Must Aim for SE Asia Middle Ground

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US Must Aim for SE Asia Middle Ground

23 March 2021

United States

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: The outcome of the Alaska tit-for-tat sessions indicates a further freezing of US-China relations. It's a trend …

Russia's Gamble in Post-coup Myanmar

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Russia's Gamble in Post-coup Myanmar

30 March 2021

Myanmar

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Moscow is becoming the most prominent supporter of the military junta in Nay Pyi Taw. While the …

Reclaiming Pragmatism in Japan’s Energy Policy

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Reclaiming Pragmatism in Japan’s Energy Policy

03 April 2021

Energy , Japan

By Prof Jun Arima, Senior Policy Fellow for Energy and Environment: In March 2021, Japan marked ten years since the 3/11 Great East Japan Earthquake …

Myanmar Crisis: ASEAN's Next Moves

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Myanmar Crisis: ASEAN's Next Moves

06 April 2021

Myanmar

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: The recent call by Indonesian President Joko Widodo for a meeting with his colleagues on the Myanmar …

UN-ASEAN Cooperation Deepens

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UN-ASEAN Cooperation Deepens

13 April 2021

Myanmar

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Almost immediately upon her arrival here in Bangkok last weekend, the UN special envoy on Myanmar, Christine …

US Creates 3 New Entrapments in Asia

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US Creates 3 New Entrapments in Asia

20 April 2021

United States

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: With 90 days of the Biden Administration, three new entrapments have been on display by its foreign …

ASEAN in Myanmar Crisis 'Driver's Seat'

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ASEAN in Myanmar Crisis 'Driver's Seat'

27 April 2021

Myanmar

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: After a little over three hours of meetings on Saturday in Jakarta, the ASEAN leaders agreed on …

COVID-19 Won’t Rattle East Asian Supply Chains

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COVID-19 Won’t Rattle East Asian Supply Chains

29 April 2021

COVID-19

By Prof Fukunari Kimura, ERIA's Chief Economist: In the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a series of overreactions about the viability of …

Can Power help Biden's foreign policy?

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Can Power help Biden's foreign policy?

04 May 2021

United States

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: The confirmation of Samantha Power last week as the new head of the US Agency for …

Implications of New Draft Law on NGOs

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Implications of New Draft Law on NGOs

11 May 2021

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Thailand's long-standing business-as-usual approach to local non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and international non-governmental organisations (INGOs), will soon be …

What Will India’s Post-COVID Recovery Look Like?

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What Will India’s Post-COVID Recovery Look Like?

17 May 2021

COVID-19

By Dr Venkatachalam Anbumozhi, Senior Energy Economist: Since the beginning of 2020, India has reported more than 25 million COVID cases, bringing the country’s …

ASEAN must Engage with US, China

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ASEAN must Engage with US, China

18 May 2021

ASEAN , China , United States

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: On 24 April at the Asean Leaders' Meeting in Jakarta, the Asean chair, Sultan Hassan Bolkiah, instructed foreign …

Give Peace a Chance to End Myanmar Crisis

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Give Peace a Chance to End Myanmar Crisis

24 May 2021

Myanmar

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: As the Myanmar quagmire enters a fourth month, it is clear that all protagonists are still entertaining …

Thailand Tightens Information Law

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Thailand Tightens Information Law

25 May 2021

Thailand

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: In September 1997 Thailand became the first country in ASEAN to enact a freedom of information law. …

Vaccine Aid: US Catches up with China

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Vaccine Aid: US Catches up with China

08 June 2021

COVID-19

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Strange as it may seem, vaccine diplomacy could cure US-China relations and improve their herd immunity against …

ASEAN, China Promote Asian Values

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ASEAN, China Promote Asian Values

15 June 2021

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: In commemorating the 30th anniversary of Asean-China relations later this year at the summit level, it is …

Can We Build Back Better by Oct 15?

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Can We Build Back Better by Oct 15?

22 June 2021

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: By Oct 15, Buddha willing, Thailand will be ready to welcome visitors from abroad including domestic travellers. Last …

CPTPP procrastination not an option

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CPTPP procrastination not an option

29 June 2021

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: It must be said, right from the start, that the debate on the merits and demerits of Thailand's …

Three Point Pathway for Promoting Sustainable Palm Oil Production and Trade

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Three Point Pathway for Promoting Sustainable Palm Oil Production and Trade

01 July 2021

Energy , Sustainable Development Goals , Trade

By Dr Venkatachalam Anbumozhi, Director of Research Strategy and Innovation: Since its inception for commercial purposes in early 1900s, palm oil has been promoted …

Thailand Must Get its Act Together on US

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Thailand Must Get its Act Together on US

01 July 2021

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: The Biden administration has made the Thai-US alliance more secure and valuable as demonstrated by the 7th Thai-US …

Can Thailand's vibrant media be self-regulated?

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Can Thailand's vibrant media be self-regulated?

06 July 2021

Media , Thailand

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Exactly 24 years ago this week, some 40-plus publishers and editors from all over Thailand came together …

Russia is back and it's a little bit better

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Russia is back and it's a little bit better

13 July 2021

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Make no mistake, Russia is back in Southeast Asia, the region where its former empire reigned during …

New US push: Vaccine and Mekong

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New US push: Vaccine and Mekong

20 July 2021

United States

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken used the special session with Asean last week to shore up …

Brunei's chairmanship is truly ASEAN

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Brunei's chairmanship is truly ASEAN

27 July 2021

ASEAN , Brunei Darussalam

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: By default, Brunei's Asean chairmanship has brought into the open the bloc's strengths and weaknesses for all …

US Urges ASEAN to Stand up to China

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US Urges ASEAN to Stand up to China

03 August 2021

China , United States

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has made it clear the US would like to see Asean stand …

ASEAN at 54: In need of Some Speed

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ASEAN at 54: In need of Some Speed

10 August 2021

ASEAN

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Despite the plethora of criticism, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in its 54th year is …

US-Thai Cobra Gold drills Wither at 40

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US-Thai Cobra Gold drills Wither at 40

17 August 2021

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: The 40th iteration of Cobra Gold (CG), which ended last week, was supposed to be the best …

Taliban 2.0: Regional, Global Impacts

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Taliban 2.0: Regional, Global Impacts

24 August 2021

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: The Taliban's victory is still fresh but unintended consequences that can impact the regional and global strategic …

Biden's Fault Lines in SE Asia

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Biden's Fault Lines in SE Asia

31 August 2021

United States

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Vice President Kamala Harris was right in stating that when the history of the 21st century is …

Thailand Plans Cultural Centre in China

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Thailand Plans Cultural Centre in China

07 September 2021

Thailand

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Sixteen years after the idea was first broached, Thailand is planning to set up its first ever …

Biden's Doctrine and Regional Fallout

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Biden's Doctrine and Regional Fallout

14 September 2021

United States

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: It is difficult to imagine the region or the world without US involvement. After the Afghanistan debacle, …

We Must End Torture in All Its Forms

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We Must End Torture in All Its Forms

21 September 2021

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: The whole country has been shocked by a video clip of a rogue police officer torturing a …

Thailand's 'Next Normal' Vision at UN

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Thailand's 'Next Normal' Vision at UN

28 September 2021

Thailand

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: This year the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) was quite exceptional because of its jam-packed agenda dealing …

ASEAN Can Live with Quad and Aukus

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ASEAN Can Live with Quad and Aukus

05 October 2021

ASEAN

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: The current strategic situation is not quite the same as Asean faced in its early days, but …

Dual Task: Save ASEAN, Save Myanmar

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Dual Task: Save ASEAN, Save Myanmar

12 October 2021

ASEAN , Myanmar

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Never before in the 54-year history of ASEAN had its members encountered such a bitter debate about …

Boosting Human Rights in Thailand

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Boosting Human Rights in Thailand

19 October 2021

Thailand

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Thailand's human rights record will be the subject of global scrutiny on Nov 10. The members of …

ASEAN Leaders Face Off with Big Powers

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ASEAN Leaders Face Off with Big Powers

26 October 2021

ASEAN

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: In Bandar Seri Begawan, whether Asean leaders decide to upgrade China and Australia's dialogue status to comprehensive …

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