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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 …

Rising S Korea deepens ties with Asean

Opinions

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 …

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 …

Re-invigorating the International Trade System

Opinions

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, …

PM Truss – be careful what you wish for

Opinions

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, …

Thanks to Gorbachev, SE Asia Found Peace

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Thanks to Gorbachev, SE Asia Found Peace

06 September 2022

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 …

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 …

UN Special Envoy and SAC more than tit for tat

Opinions

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Opinions

Indonesia Ramps up Diplomatic Profile

02 August 2022

Indonesia

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: In the post-Cold War era in Southeast Asia, Indonesia has always been an important weathervane in demonstrating …

Opinions

Bangkok fit to host Biden-Xi talks

29 July 2022

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Bangkok is a suitable venue for the first face-to-face talks between US President Joe Biden and Chinese …

Opinions

Myanmar’s execution of activists is an outrage

27 July 2022

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: The military junta’s latest action has further worsened the prospect of a peace process in Myanmar. The ASEAN …

Opinions

Upcoming AMM Facing Uphill Tasks

26 July 2022

ASEAN

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: The ASEAN Foreign Ministerial Meeting (AMM) next week will be a test of its centrality and relevancy …

Opinions

Thai 3Rs Secret to Handling US, China

19 July 2022

China , Thailand , United States

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Recent visits by the foreign ministers of China and the US created lots of buzz among the …

Opinions

Remembering Abe and Japan's Rise

12 July 2022

Japan

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: It is not an overstatement to say that the late prime minister Shinzo Abe single-handedly promoted Japan's …

It is Time for Inclusive Education in ASEAN - Fostering Belonging for Students with Disabilities

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It is Time for Inclusive Education in ASEAN - Fostering Belonging for Students with Disabilities

08 July 2022

Education

By Rubeena Singh: This is the decade of change. The COVID-19 pandemic, recent geopolitical conflicts, climate change, have pushed us to think about the …

Opinions

Time to Strategise Thai-Philippine Ties

05 July 2022

Philippines , Thailand

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Newly elected Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr met with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai …

Opinions

6 Reasons to Recalibrate Thai-US ties

28 June 2022

Thailand , United States

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: After years of benign neglect, Thailand is seeing some earth-shaking developments from the US, with the Biden …

India and ASEAN at 30: What's up?

Opinions

India and ASEAN at 30: What's up?

21 June 2022

ASEAN , India

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: On its own, India stands tall and fearless. It long and continued civilisational linkages in the Indo-Pacific …

Addressing the Digital Divide in ASEAN

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Addressing the Digital Divide in ASEAN

15 June 2022

ASEAN

By Dr Giulia Ajmone Marsan: The economic dynamism of ASEAN is well-known and in recent years the region has seen the emergence of some …

Post-pandemic Recovery and Development

Opinions

Post-pandemic Recovery and Development

15 June 2022

COVID-19 , Development

By Dr Lurong Chen: Digitalisation—the use of digital technologies and digital-enabled solutions in socio-economic activities—has triggered global changes that are wider and less predictable than …

ASEAN: Where US, China can Reconcile?

Opinions

ASEAN: Where US, China can Reconcile?

14 June 2022

ASEAN , China , United States

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Southeast Asia is unenviably the region to which the major powers, be they the US, China, the …

Cambodia as ASEAN Chair A Mid-Term Assessment on Myanmar

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Cambodia as ASEAN Chair A Mid-Term Assessment on Myanmar

10 June 2022

ASEAN , Cambodia , Myanmar

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Since joining ASEAN in October 1999, Cambodia has championed issues related to bridging the gap between the …

Leadership changes in the Indo-Pacific

Opinions

Leadership changes in the Indo-Pacific

07 June 2022

Indo-Pacific , Leadership

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: New leaders in the Indo-Pacific region -- Australia, South Korea and the Philippines -- will significantly impact …

New Thai-Lao Strategic Impetus, Rail Connectivity

Opinions

New Thai-Lao Strategic Impetus, Rail Connectivity

06 June 2022

Lao PDR , Thailand

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: The Lao PDR has come a long way, from a land-locked nation to a land-linked hub. Since …

Boosting Thai-US Ties in an Age of Crisis

Opinions

Boosting Thai-US Ties in an Age of Crisis

31 May 2022

Thailand , United States

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: The Thailand-US alliance is still alive and well but in order to move forward, both sides have …

Stronger ASEAN–US Ties Hinge on Careful Cooperation

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Stronger ASEAN–US Ties Hinge on Careful Cooperation

31 May 2022

ASEAN , United States

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Much has changed since the first meeting between US and ASEAN officials in 1977. But after 45 …

South Korea's game changer: New Southern Policy

Opinions

South Korea's game changer: New Southern Policy

26 May 2022

Republic of Korea

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: It was a well-kept secret among the ASEAN members during the 1980s that the only topic that …

Behind the Scenes: Thailand's IPEF Talks

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Behind the Scenes: Thailand's IPEF Talks

24 May 2022

Thailand , United States

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: At the weekly cabinet meeting last week, item No.15 was one of the most important issues up …

New South Korean Government’s New Approach

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New South Korean Government’s New Approach

19 May 2022

Republic of Korea

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: In his inaugural speech, newly elected South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol was very succinct about his administration’s …

Thumb Ups for 'new era' ASEAN-US Ties

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Thumb Ups for 'new era' ASEAN-US Ties

17 May 2022

ASEAN , United States

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: From now on, Asean-US relations will no longer be on 'auto-pilot' mode as has been the case …

How the Ukraine Conflict Is Impacting India’s Economy

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How the Ukraine Conflict Is Impacting India’s Economy

11 May 2022

India

By Dr Venkatachalam Anbumozhi, Director of Research Strategy and Innovation, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA): India’s trade with Russia is …

Inclusive Education in Asia: Myth or Reality?

Opinions

Inclusive Education in Asia: Myth or Reality?

11 May 2022

Education

By Dr Giulia Ajmone Marsan and Mr Ravindra Ngo: Has the current pandemic changed our behaviours and the way students and children learn? Yes, …

War in Ukraine and Rising Energy Costs Risk Hampering Asia’s Decarbonization Efforts

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War in Ukraine and Rising Energy Costs Risk Hampering Asia’s Decarbonization Efforts

27 April 2022

By Dr Han Phoumin, Senior Energy Economist: Even before the Russia–Ukraine war, the COVID-19 pandemic had brought the world economy into recession. Global oil demand …

Leveraging Digital Transformation for Stronger and Smarter World Economic Recovery

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Leveraging Digital Transformation for Stronger and Smarter World Economic Recovery

27 April 2022

Digital Transformation

By Dr Venkatachalam Anbumozhi, Director of Research Strategy and Innovation, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA): The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown …

Offsetting Our Carbon Footprint: A Way to Make Everyday Earth Day

Opinions

Offsetting Our Carbon Footprint: A Way to Make Everyday Earth Day

22 April 2022

Energy , Sustainable Development Goals

By Ms Dian Lutfiana and Ms Citra Endah Nur Setyawati, Research Associate: Since 1970, the world has celebrated Earth Day every year on 22 April …

ASEAN-US to Meet Amid Great Challenges

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ASEAN-US to Meet Amid Great Challenges

19 April 2022

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: After more than six months of negotiations, the US and Asean have finally agreed that their leaders …

Investing in Nature Based Solutions to Tackle Triple Plenary Crisis

Opinions

Investing in Nature Based Solutions to Tackle Triple Plenary Crisis

19 April 2022

Sustainable Development Goals

By Dr Venkatachalam Anbumozhi, Director of Research Strategy and Innovation, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA): For the past 50 years, April …

Pondering ASEAN'S future beyond 2025

Opinions

Pondering ASEAN'S future beyond 2025

12 April 2022

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Beyond 2025, what will Asean be like? Will the grouping become less relevant as many political pundits …

How G20 Can Ensure Digital Transformation: Development for All?

Opinions

How G20 Can Ensure Digital Transformation: Development for All?

06 April 2022

Digital Transformation , G20

By Dr Lili Yan Ing, Lead Advisor on Southeast Asia Region: In 2016, the top 1% of the world’s population owned half of the global …

How to Survive in a Binary World

Opinions

How to Survive in a Binary World

05 April 2022

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Like it or not, we are today living in a bifurcated world as never seen before. In …

A Framework for Ongoing Commitments to RCEP Success

Opinions

A Framework for Ongoing Commitments to RCEP Success

05 April 2022

RCEP

By Prof Fukunari Kimura, ERIA's Chief Economist: For member states of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) its signing, ratification and being in effect are …

G20 and RCEP Key to Powering Global Recovery and Development

Opinions

G20 and RCEP Key to Powering Global Recovery and Development

27 March 2022

G20 , RCEP

By Dr Lili Yan Ing, Lead Advisor on Southeast Asia Region, and Prof Mari Pangestu World Bank Managing Director of Development Policy and Partnerships: There …

Do FTAs Matter for Realising Circular Supply Chains in ASEAN?

Opinions

Do FTAs Matter for Realising Circular Supply Chains in ASEAN?

14 March 2022

Circular Economy , FTA

By Dr Venkatachalam Anbumozhi, Director of Research Strategy and Innovation, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA): The Asia-Pacific region plays a …

ASEAN Responds to Invasion of Ukraine

Opinions

ASEAN Responds to Invasion of Ukraine

01 March 2022

ASEAN

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Russia's all-out invasion of Ukraine that began on Feb 24 offers valuable lessons for the countries in the …

New Pragmatism on the Rise in ASEAN

Opinions

New Pragmatism on the Rise in ASEAN

22 February 2022

ASEAN

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: While the Myanmar quagmire will continue to dominate Asean's agenda under Cambodia and future chairs, one must not …

Indonesia’s Challenge in Reviving G20 for (a stronger and inclusive) Global Economic Recovery

Opinions

Indonesia’s Challenge in Reviving G20 for (a stronger and inclusive) Global Economic Recovery

22 February 2022

G20 , Indonesia

By Dr Venkatachalam Anbumozhi, Director of Research Strategy and Innovation, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA): The Indonesia G20 Presidency is …

Indonesia’s G20 Amidst Rising Trade Tensions

Opinions

Indonesia’s G20 Amidst Rising Trade Tensions

18 February 2022

G20 , Indonesia , Trade

By Dr Lili Yan Ing, Lead Advisor on Southeast Asia Region: Indonesia’s G20 presidency in 2022 is crucial to the global recovery from the health …

Japan’s New Model of Capitalism in an Uncertain World

Opinions

Japan’s New Model of Capitalism in an Uncertain World

15 February 2022

Japan

By Prof Shujiro Urata, Senior Research Advisor to the President of ERIA: The year 2021 began with hope that the successful development of a new …

Thailand Revamps Middle East strategy

Opinions

Thailand Revamps Middle East strategy

08 February 2022

Middle East , Thailand

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: After 32 years of frosty relations, the dramatic normalisation of Thai-Saudi diplomatic relations have far-reaching implications for …

Myanmar's Crisis and Emerging Traps

Opinions

Myanmar's Crisis and Emerging Traps

01 February 2022

Myanmar

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Today is the first anniversary of the Feb 1 seizure of power by the Tatmadaw in Nay …

A New Chapter in Japan's Asia Policy

Opinions

A New Chapter in Japan's Asia Policy

25 January 2022

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Japan's recently announced new economic doctrine towards Asia has two dimensions. The first has Asean at its core. …

Cambodia's Chair: Trust and Tasks Ahead

Opinions

Cambodia's Chair: Trust and Tasks Ahead

18 January 2022

ASEAN , Cambodia

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Cambodia's reputation in regional and international affairs has long preceded Prime Minister Hun Sen's recent trip to …

Regional Governments Key to Tackling Climate Change in Indonesia

Opinions

Regional Governments Key to Tackling Climate Change in Indonesia

18 January 2022

Climate Change

By Ms Citra Endah Nur Setyawati, Research Associate and Dr Venkatachalam Anbumozhi, Director of Research Strategy and Innovation, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East …

Indo-Pacific and the Ascent of SE Asia

Opinions

Indo-Pacific and the Ascent of SE Asia

11 January 2022

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: It is clear that the ongoing debate on the importance of the Indo-Pacific is all about which …

Lauding RCEP: Free Trade for (almost) All

Opinions

Lauding RCEP: Free Trade for (almost) All

21 December 2021

RCEP

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: When the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) comes into force on Jan 1, its member countries can …

What Does the RCEP Mean for Indonesia?

Opinions

What Does the RCEP Mean for Indonesia?

15 December 2021

Indonesia , RCEP

By Dr Lili Yan Ing, Lead Advisor on Southeast Asia Region: The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) will come into effect by 1 January 2022, …

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