Thailand’s Economy and Foreign Policy: Navigating the Oncoming Political Turbulence


About the Webinar

Student protests in Bangkok and the provinces, and the challenges that those protests pose to the established order, have dominated the news from Thailand during the second half of 2020. But, beyond the turbulence on the streets, significant developments in Thailand’s economy and foreign policy have continued to unfold. On the economic front, the government has enacted measures to soften the blow from the coronavirus and begun preparations to repair the damage that the virus inflicted. It has pressed ahead with a number of large-scale projects conceptualized under the National Council for Peace and Order government during 2014-2019, including the ambitious Eastern Economic Corridor. On the diplomatic front, Thailand has endeavoured to regain its diplomatic role in Southeast Asia and within the ASEAN framework while managing the shifting geopolitics of the region. This webinar will address these developments and assess the prospects for the Thai economy and for Thai diplomacy in the medium-term future.

About the Speaker

Sihasak Phuangketkeow capped a distinguished career in Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs with service as Permanent Secretary and as ambassador to Japan. He is a graduate of Chulalongkorn and Johns Hopkins Universities, a former Visiting Senior Fellow in the Thailand Studies Programme of the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, and an advisor to Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor project.


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Dec 09 2020


10:00 am - 11:15 am