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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 …

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 …

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 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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