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ASEAN at 55 is Alive and Kicking

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ASEAN at 55 is Alive and Kicking

09 August 2022

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Against all odds and naysayers, ASEAN has survived for the past five and a half decades. The bloc …

ASEAN Hardens Position on Myanmar

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ASEAN Hardens Position on Myanmar

10 August 2022

Myanmar

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: First of all, the ministers have taken the recent execution of four prodemocracy activists very seriously, so much …

Soaring Energy Prices Stunt Decarbonisation in the Indian Power Sector

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Soaring Energy Prices Stunt Decarbonisation in the Indian Power Sector

12 August 2022

Energy , India

By Dr Venkatachalam Anbumozhi, Director of Research Strategy and Innovation: India is the world’s second largest coal importer. It also imports 80 per cent of …

ROK-China Relations Face Challenges

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ROK-China Relations Face Challenges

16 August 2022

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: While United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has long departed South Korea for home, the news headlines …

UN Special Envoy and SAC more than tit for tat

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UN Special Envoy and SAC more than tit for tat

24 August 2022

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: When the United Nations Secretary General’s special envoy met recently with the military junta leader of a pariah …

Bolstering Thailand-India ties at 75

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Bolstering Thailand-India ties at 75

30 August 2022

ASEAN Economic Community , Economic

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Thailand and India have taken seven-and-a-half decades to transform their close historical and cultural ties into a more …

Thanks to Gorbachev, SE Asia Found Peace

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Thanks to Gorbachev, SE Asia Found Peace

06 September 2022

Global , Security

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Lest we forgot, President Mikhail Gorbachev was the Soviet leader who was the game changer in bringing an …

PM Truss – be careful what you wish for

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PM Truss – be careful what you wish for

07 September 2022

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Now that Liz Truss has been elected by the Conservative Party to the helm of the United Kingdom, …

Re-invigorating the International Trade System

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Re-invigorating the International Trade System

08 September 2022

Japan , Trade

By Prof Shujiro Urata, Senior Research Advisor to the President: The world faces unprecedented and difficult challenges, including US–China rivalry, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, …

SE Asia to host big powers in November

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SE Asia to host big powers in November

13 September 2022

ASEAN

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: For a 10-day period in the second week of November, the world's attention will be focused singularly on …

Rising S Korea deepens ties with Asean

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Rising S Korea deepens ties with Asean

20 September 2022

ASEAN , ASEAN Economic Community

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: To witness the dynamism of South Korea's rise and its relationship with Asean and each bloc member, it …

Aussie ties out of the woods, raring to go

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Aussie ties out of the woods, raring to go

27 September 2022

ASEAN

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: 'Thais that bind: secret mission ends Aussie's torment," read the front page headline of The Australian on Nov …

US plans for Indo-Pacific 'misguided'

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US plans for Indo-Pacific 'misguided'

18 October 2022

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: To ensure a free, open, prosperous, and secure world, the United States must be the winner in the …

Why Thailand abstained in UNGA vote

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Why Thailand abstained in UNGA vote

25 October 2022

Global , Security

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: After Thailand abstained from voting at the UN General Assembly on Oct 12 before the 11th Emergency …

ASEAN Foreign Ministers must not lose their way

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ASEAN Foreign Ministers must not lose their way

30 October 2022

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Judging by the outcome of the special ASEAN foreign ministerial meeting in Jakarta on October 27th, the ASEAN …

Intellectual Property Rights: Key to Sustainability in Indonesia

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Intellectual Property Rights: Key to Sustainability in Indonesia

31 October 2022

Indonesia , Technology

By Michelle Chandra Kasih, Research Associate: Indonesians are increasingly aware of the need to develop in a more sustainable manner. In October 2022, the Jakarta …

It's time to mainstream the AOIP

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It's time to mainstream the AOIP

01 November 2022

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: One of the top priorities that the Asean leaders have to vet and approve at the Asean-related summit …

India Has Become a Major Player in Low-Orbit Space

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India Has Become a Major Player in Low-Orbit Space

02 November 2022

Technology

By Dr Venkatachalam Anbumozhi, Director of Research Strategy and Innovation: In a historic maiden commercial flight, an Indian government rocket successfully placed 36 satellites of …

Thailand-Australia ties strengthen

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Thailand-Australia ties strengthen

03 November 2022

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: The visit of Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong to Bangkok early this week has boosted bilateral ties with …

From Climate Negotiations to Actions: Will COP27 Be a Turning Point?

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From Climate Negotiations to Actions: Will COP27 Be a Turning Point?

04 November 2022

By Dr Venkatachalam Anbumozhi, Director of Research Strategy and Innovation: The UN climate conference known as COP 27 will convene in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt on …

US midterms – Red ripples, but no tsunami

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US midterms – Red ripples, but no tsunami

10 November 2022

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: US President Joe Biden has benefitted from good Karma, because the outcome of the midterm elections on 8th …

PM Hun Sen excels in global politics

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PM Hun Sen excels in global politics

11 November 2022

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Who could have imagined that Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, or Prime Minister Hun Sen …

Significance of Vietnamese President Phúc’s visit

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Significance of Vietnamese President Phúc’s visit

13 November 2022

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuân Phúc will become the first APEC leader to arrive in Bangkok and will be …

Setting aside a slip of the tongue, Biden performs well at summit

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Setting aside a slip of the tongue, Biden performs well at summit

15 November 2022

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: President Joe Biden, mistakenly referring to the host “Cambodia” as “Colombia”, should be forgiven, because he performed very …

Xi’s visit to Bangkok, East Wind Blowing

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Xi’s visit to Bangkok, East Wind Blowing

18 November 2022

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Thailand gladly welcomes Chinese President Xi Jinping with three understandings at the forefront of its mind, namely that …

Three summits jointly boost centrality

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Three summits jointly boost centrality

22 November 2022

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Cambodia, Indonesia, and Thailand with distinctive styles of leadership and diplomatic finesse have succeeded in performing the most …

G20-2023: What is India's agenda?

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G20-2023: What is India's agenda?

06 December 2022

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: The success of the G20 in Bali has turned President Widodo Joko into a global leader for overcoming …

Humanitarian peril on western border

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Humanitarian peril on western border

13 December 2022

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: While the country’s political machinery and personnel are now gearing up for the upcoming election, there is a …

A Spirit of Idealism or Pragmatic Global Discourse? What to Expect from India’s G20 Presidency

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A Spirit of Idealism or Pragmatic Global Discourse? What to Expect from India’s G20 Presidency

21 December 2022

By Dr Venkatachalam Anbumozhi, Director of Research Strategy and Innovation: India inherited the Group of Twenty (G20) presidency from Indonesia on 1 December 2022 and …

Japan is no longer the same

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Japan is no longer the same

25 December 2022

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: It must be clear today that the Japan with which Southeast Asia has been familiar throughout the …

Myanmar’s quagmire and two new game changers

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Myanmar’s quagmire and two new game changers

26 December 2022

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: The recent newly passed bill by the Congress, known broadly as Burma Act 2022, which allows the US …

Asean's international status is rising

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Asean's international status is rising

27 December 2022

ASEAN

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: It might sound pompous to keep stating the strategic importance of Southeast Asia over the past year due …

Peace in Ukraine remains elusive

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Peace in Ukraine remains elusive

28 December 2022

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Talk about peace has intensified since the visit of Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky to Washington DC last week. …

Southeast Asia’s tech industry goes from a gallop to a canter

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Southeast Asia’s tech industry goes from a gallop to a canter

30 December 2022

ASEAN , Start-up , Technology

By Giulia Ajmone Marsan, Strategy and Partnership Director: After a couple of years of spectacular growth, tech start-ups and tech giants alike are now facing …

Philippines, China seek to mend ties

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Philippines, China seek to mend ties

10 January 2023

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: It's not an overstatement to say that the recent visit by Philippines President Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr to …

Indonesia’s Asean chair, continuity with prickly tweaks

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Indonesia’s Asean chair, continuity with prickly tweaks

11 January 2023

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: After the democratic transformation in the post-Suharto era in the past 25 years, whenever Indonesia has served as …

Can Indonesia Enable a Green Hydrogen-based Economy?

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Can Indonesia Enable a Green Hydrogen-based Economy?

11 January 2023

By Ms Citra Endah Nur Setyawati, Research Associate and Dr Alloysius Joko Purwanto, Energy Economist: Climate change and the energy transition have made research and …

Incoming ASEAN chief faces new challenges

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Incoming ASEAN chief faces new challenges

12 January 2023

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: An astute scholar of ASEAN from Cambodia, Dr Kao Kim Hourn, has now become the 15th Secretary General …

2023: a Decisive Year for Indonesia’s Renewable Electricity

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2023: a Decisive Year for Indonesia’s Renewable Electricity

17 January 2023

By Dr Alloysius Joko Purwanto, Energy Economist: The second half of 2022 was marked by two important decisions in Indonesia’s energy sector that shall significantly …

The Indonesian economy in turbulent times

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The Indonesian economy in turbulent times

18 January 2023

Economic

By Dr Dionisius A. Narjoko, ERIA's Senior Economist, and Prof Hal Hill of the ANU: The year 2022 got off to a relatively optimistic start …

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