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    Global turmoil and Thailand's political reset

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 21/12/2018

    » As the world moves into 2019, there is a consensus that the roughly seven-decade-old rules-based liberal international order no longer works. Either it has to be fundamentally revamped to suit new realities and the international distribution of power and wealth, or it will be increasingly violated and marginalised. In a remarkable parallel, Thailand's hitherto political order that lasted about seven decades also requires adjustment and recalibration.

  • OPINION

    Developing by managing demographics

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 27/09/2019

    » Once upon a time, it was feared that the earth would become overcrowded and its inhabitants unable to find enough to eat. This fear has not only proved unfounded but it has gone in the opposite direction. What almost every nation fears now is a decline in inhabitants as the birth rate cannot keep up with the longevity of the aged and elderly, imposing unsustainable burdens on working-age segments of the population. Every region is afflicted with this demographic predicament, especially in affluent societies where the birth rate decline is acute, such as Japan.

  • OPINION

    Superpower rivalry to put region to test

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 30/08/2019

    » More than 18 months in, the trade war between the United States and China is not having its intended effects. Despite a flurry of US-led tariff hikes on Chinese products followed by China's retaliatory tax increases on American-made goods since January last year, the government of President Donald Trump is not perceived to be winning the trade conflict. China has proved more resilient and resourceful than many had anticipated. What this means is that the trade war is going to last much longer than many had expected. It is also likely to spread to other areas beyond trade and degenerate into a full-fledged non-military war.

  • OPINION

    Prospects after Cambodia's fabricated poll

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 27/07/2018

    » While Thailand has a seemingly indefinite military government with no clear poll date, Cambodia is holding an election on July 29 with a foregone conclusion. After methodically taken apart oppositional forces, the incumbent government of Prime Minister Hun Sen, under the Cambodian People's Party (CPP), is set to win a landslide. At issue now will be what happens after the election. At least three dynamics are in play. How they intersect and enmesh will determine Cambodia's political future.

  • OPINION

    Uni rankings, wages need a bigger boost

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 08/06/2018

    » The Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University rankings for 2018 are out, and the news is again not good for Thailand. Compared to the rest of the world, Thailand's top universities don't stand in good stead. Nor do they rank well compared to their peers in the region.

  • OPINION

    Graft gobbling up our dream of democracy

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 20/04/2018

    » Corruption lurks everywhere where power intersects interest. No country is immune to it. At issue is what happens when corruption happens. News headlines against corruption in major Asian countries this week suggest that Thailand is lagging behind in the anti-corruption struggle. Countries can stay behind in all manner of well-being indicators from growth and education to infrastructure and healthcare, but being left behind by the scourge of corruption is ultimately the worst of all.

  • OPINION

    Thailand's murky, muddled road ahead

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 31/03/2017

    » In a new era of transformative technologies and tectonic geopolitical shifts, standing still is tantamount to falling behind. This is what Thailand is doing. Its recent news flow indicates the country is mired in a regressive holding pattern.

  • OPINION

    Thailand as we knew it is now at an end

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 17/10/2016

    » When it comes to public readership, I was taught more than 30 years ago to write invariably in the third person. The time has come for change and exception because there is no better way for me to describe what has just happened in Thailand. What was once unimaginable when I was a schoolboy eventually became inevitable, and now is undeniable in my midlife.

  • OPINION

    Thai coup elicits mixed global reaction

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 01/08/2014

    » As Thailand’s armed forces fan out across its body politic and economy, the country’s international standing is increasingly challenged.

  • OPINION

    Power shift from West to East requires visa reciprocity

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 04/04/2013

    » Much has been said of the ongoing global power shift from West to East, from North to South, from developed to developing countries, and so forth.

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