In the wake of a shifting geopolitical landscape, the spotlight falls on the evolving dynamics between the new Thai government and the United States. This intriguing narrative delves into the subtleties of their relationship, with a particular focus on a significant missed opportunity – the lack of proper US representation at the ASEAN Summit. As Thailand ushers in a new era of leadership, questions arise about how it plans to navigate its role in the Southeast Asian region and its ties with the world’s superpower. Amidst this diplomatic dance, the absence of a robust US presence at the ASEAN Summit stands out as a missed chance for both nations. This talk explores the implications of this absence, touching upon the potential benefits that could have flowed from closer engagement. From trade agreements to regional security concerns, the narrative unveils the various facets of this intricate relationship and the consequences of not seizing this chance for cooperation.
About the Speaker
Dr. Surachanee Sriyai is a lecturer and digital governance track lead at the School of Public Policy, Chiang Mai University. Her research interests include digital politics, political communication, comparative politics, and democratization.