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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Without Trump, CJK Becomes Friendlier

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Without Trump, CJK Becomes Friendlier

01 December 2020

China , Japan , Republic of Korea , United States

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: It has been a four-year hiatus for the three Asian economic powerhouses. Whatever their collaborative configurations may have …

ASEAN 101: 12 facts for ‘President' Biden

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ASEAN 101: 12 facts for ‘President' Biden

24 November 2020

ASEAN , United States

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: 1. First and foremost, ASEAN is one less problem for the US globally because it is peaceful and …

Can India Pull Off a Sustainable Economic Recovery?

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Can India Pull Off a Sustainable Economic Recovery?

22 November 2020

India

By Dr Venkatachalam Anbumozhi, Senior Energy Economist: As of mid-November, India has had 8.3 million COVID infections, and the numbers do not appear to be …

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