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Do FTAs Matter for Realising Circular Supply Chains in ASEAN?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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, …

Japan’s Carbon Neutrality Challenge

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Japan’s Carbon Neutrality Challenge

09 December 2021

Energy

By Prof Jun Arima, Senior Policy Fellow for Energy and Environment: As the world enters the implementation phase of the Paris Agreement, countries are increasingly …

Thailand-UN at 75: Peace and Security

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Thailand-UN at 75: Peace and Security

07 December 2021

Thailand

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: There are a few things at which Thailand has excelled at the United Nations: Multilateralism, South-South cooperation, …

The Fourth Industrial Revolution Needs more Women and Girls to Drive an Inclusive Post-Pandemic Recovery

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution Needs more Women and Girls to Drive an Inclusive Post-Pandemic Recovery

30 November 2021

Women Participation

By Dr Giulia Ajmone Marsan and Mr Ravindra Ngo: According to UNESCO data, globally, women are progressing towards parity in higher education (they represent 45-55% …

Govt Backs Information as Public Good

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Govt Backs Information as Public Good

30 November 2021

Media

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: At the recent Unesco General Conference this month, one of the key issues discussed and debated among …

The Economics of COP 26: How to Mobilize the Trillion Dollars to Meet the Net Zero Targets?

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The Economics of COP 26: How to Mobilize the Trillion Dollars to Meet the Net Zero Targets?

30 November 2021

ASEAN , Energy , Environment

By Dr Venkatachalam Anbumozhi, Director of Research Strategy and Innovation, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA): The COP 26 has come and …

Catching up with the increasing plastic waste: Voluntary initiatives alone are no longer enough

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Catching up with the increasing plastic waste: Voluntary initiatives alone are no longer enough

29 November 2021

Environment

By Hendro Putra Johannes, Research Associate, and Ayako Mizuno, Programme Manager ,Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA): As a result of rapid …

COP26 and the End of Coal: ASEAN needs a plan

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COP26 and the End of Coal: ASEAN needs a plan

23 November 2021

Energy

By Dr Han Phoumin, Senior Energy Economist: Among the immediate results of COP26 in Glasgow is a strong commitment by at least 23 nations to …

Thai Sway on Paris more than Food

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Thai Sway on Paris more than Food

23 November 2021

Thailand

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: It is almost impossible to convince the French that there are other cuisines in the whole wide world …

Policy on Myanmar must be Prudent

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Policy on Myanmar must be Prudent

16 November 2021

Myanmar

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Ten months into the crisis in Myanmar, Thailand is still scrambling for a well-balanced policy that would lessen …

Thailand's High Stakes for APEC 2022

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Thailand's High Stakes for APEC 2022

09 November 2021

Thailand

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was happy to have a chat and a photo with US President Joe …

Can Glasgow COP 26 Save the Planet?  Transforming Climate Fatigue into People Centric Climate Actions

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Can Glasgow COP 26 Save the Planet? Transforming Climate Fatigue into People Centric Climate Actions

04 November 2021

ASEAN , Energy , Environment

By Dr Venkatachalam Anbumozhi, Director of Research Strategy and Innovation, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA): The 26th Session of the Conference …

Cambodia Takes to Global Stage Again

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Cambodia Takes to Global Stage Again

02 November 2021

Cambodia

By Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Communications Advisor: For the next 365 days, every move Cambodia, especially Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 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 …

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?

Opinions

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 …

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