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    Asean in 2040: Bolder and stronger?

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 07/05/2019

    » When Asean was set up in August 1967, the founding fathers did not bother to make sure their newly formed organisation would survive for 52 years, as it already has. All they wanted to do at the time was to make sure they got together, looked each other in the eye and pledged to meet again next time. They had to increase their level of comfort with one another as they were trying to avoid future conflicts and looking for more cooperation. No war, make progress. That was a sufficient vision then.

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    Asean Rakhine approach: Slow but sure

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 19/02/2019

    » By October 2012, an exodus of refugees from Myanmar's Rakhine state had dominated global headlines throughout the year. Asean was under heavy pressure from the international community to do something about it.

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    Re-imagining Taiwan's ties with Asean

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 18/12/2018

    » Taiwan's relationship with Southeast Asia is moving towards a new dynamic. It is no longer confined to trade, investment or the long-standing one-China policy. Now, it is all about people-to-people relations, as more Southeast Asians are coming to the island to work, study and settle down. They are collectively known locally as sin tai-ker or new Taiwan's guests.

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    Thailand’s role in Indo-Pacific strategy

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 03/07/2018

    » Although much has been said about Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) strategy after US President Donald Trump put forward the broad and vague concept last November, nobody is really clear what it really means and its implications. Eight months have now elapsed. Some key features have emerged through speeches and comments by senior officials including US Defence Secretary Gen James Mattis in Singapore and Matthew Pottinger, Senior Director of Asian Department, National Security Council, in Yangon and Bangkok.

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    Locating Thailand in the Indo-Pacific region

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 30/01/2018

    » Bluntly put, there are two reasons that propel Thailand to the front of the Asean queue in endorsing the US-led Indo-Pacific region concept. First of all, Thailand does not want the Indo-Pacific to concentrate on consultations between the US, India, Japan and Australia grouping -- known as the Quadrilateral or Quad. Bangkok perceives it as an emerging broader Indo-Pacific community. Secondly, the region's stability and prosperity will depend more on inclusive security cooperation both on land and at sea.

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    Trump can do more for Asean allies

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 24/01/2018

    » When President Donald Trump decided to attend the East Asia Summit (EAS) last November, the Asean chair, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, was elated. However, roughly 56 hours after his arrival and after his participation in a series of meetings in Manila, the chair shuddered as the No.1 guest decided to leave early without attending the grouping's most exclusive leaders-only strategic forum, the 12th EAS.

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    Lessons from Thai votes on Jerusalem

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 02/01/2018

    » Thailand made a historic decision on 21 Dec to join 127 other United Nations member states in rejecting the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. In the past, when push came to shove in a major diplomatic decision, Bangkok would normally duck the issue by practising "fence-sitting" to protect its perceived national interests.

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    Surin was Asean’s de facto foreign minister

    Oped, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 08/12/2017

    » It was the spring of 2007. The application deadline was quickly approaching for a qualified Thai candidate to serve as the 12th Asean secretary-general.

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    Vietnam aims to shine under Apec spotlight

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 31/10/2017

    » After more than three decades of economic reforms, Vietnam will play host to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Leaders' Meeting in Da Nang on Nov 10-11. Given the rapidly changing world and this dynamic region, the summit has great significance in terms of economic and strategic matters.

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