Sasiwan Chingchit

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  • Sasiwan Chinghcit is Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. <a href="/profile/SasiwanChingchit">Click here for detailed profile</a>.

    From Looks to Action: Thailand-India Strategic Convergence and Defence Cooperation

    From Looks to Action: Thailand-India Strategic Convergence and Defence Cooperation

    After 67 years of diplomatic relations and two decades of collaboration in connecting India with Southeast Asia in January of 2012, Thailand and India finally signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Defence Cooperation. This effort to deepen defence and military ties between the two countries emerged relatively late when compared with those between India and most other Southeast Asian countries.

    Political Crisis in Thailand and Its Effects on Foreign Relations

    While the main purpose of the protest movement is to end Thaksin Shinawatra’s influence and expose corruption, the sense of animosity and mistrust towards other countries among the Yellow Shirts and Democrat Party supporters is the by product that is severely affecting Thailand’s external relations with the US, other key partners, and its overall position in Southeast Asia.

    January 22, 2014

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