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Dr. Kaewkamol “Karen” Pitakdumrongkit is a Deputy Head and Assistant Professor at the Centre for Multilateralism Studies, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She completed her MA and PhD in Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, U.S.A. Her research interests include international economic negotiation, Southeast Asian and East Asian economic governance (focusing on trade, money and finance), regional-global economic governance dynamics, the ASEAN Economic Community, and cooperation between ASEAN and dialogue partners (ASEAN-Plus frameworks). She has published in various outlets such as The Singapore Economic Review, The International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, The Pacific Review, Australian Outlook, The Diplomat, Eurasia Review and East Asia Forum. Her media interviews include Bangkok Post, Bloomberg, Business Times, Channel News Asia, CNBC Asia-Pacific, New Straits Times, The Strait Times, South China Morning Post, and Xinhua. Besides publications and media engagement, Dr. Karen organized several capacity-building programmes such as the Annual RSIS-World Trade Organization (WTO) Parliamentarian Workshops in Singapore, and In-Country Workshops on Technical Trade Issues which are tailored to the specific needs of the trade officials in Asian countries. She was also part of the team involved in composing the elements of the ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint 2025. In addition, Dr. Karen teaches courses on International Economics for International Political Economy, and the Political Economy of Southeast Asia at the RSIS MSc International Political Economy programme, and occasionally provides briefings to international diplomats and military students at Singapore’s Goh Keng Swee Command and Staff College.
Areas of Expertise
- International Negotiations
- International Economic Institutions
- Asian Economic Governance
- Regional-global Economic Governance Dynamics
- ASEAN Economic Community
Referee for the following journals: Journal of Southeast Asian Economies, The International Journal of East Asian Studies, Journal of Asian and African Studies, International Relations of Asia-Pacific, and Pacific Affairs
WP280 | Assessing the Progress of AEC Projects: A New Approach
05 September, 2014
“A Competitive Development Bazaar?”: ASEAN Dialogue Partners’ Policies and Their Implications for the Mekong Subregion
14 March, 2019
Addressing Digital Protectionism in ASEAN: Towards Better Regional Governance in the Digital Age
21 March, 2018
Participatory Policymaking: The Crafting of Thailand’s Medical Hub Policy
24 March, 2017
Managing ASEAN's External Relations via the Country Coordinator: Lessons Learned from Thailand
22 February, 2016
Governance of East Asian Regional Economic Architectures
01 November, 2013
34th ASEAN Summit and Thailand: Headway or Uncertainty?
02 July, 2019
RSIS-WTO Parliamentarian Workshop - Trade and Sustainable Development: Achieving the UN’s 2030 Agenda
10 June, 2019
Economic Headwinds in 2019: Navigating Priorities for ASEAN
07 January, 2019
RCEP: Another Missed Deadline
14 November, 2018
Sustainable Development: Can ASEAN Lead the Process?
15 October, 2018
CO18132 | Indo-Pacific: US Role in Infrastructure
06 August, 2018
CO18097 | Inching For A Trade War: Worst is Yet to Come
14 June, 2018
CO18066 | East Asian Financial Safety Net: The Problem of Leadership
09 April, 2018
CO18030 | China’s Maritime Silk Road: Challenging Test for ASEAN
23 February, 2018
CO17211 | Trump in Southeast Asia: Opportunity to Bolster US-ASEAN Economic Ties?
08 November, 2017
CO16283 | Thailand’s Rice Conundrum: Time for Economic Restructuring
17 November, 2016
CO16278 | The Rise of Trump and Its Global Implications - Trump’s Victory: Future of International Monetary and Financial System
10 November, 2016
CO16160 | Brexit and Its Aftermath - The Post-Brexit World: How Should East Asian Finance Cope?
28 June, 2016
CO16079 | After AIIB, What’s Next?
08 April, 2016
CO15213 | TPP: A win for ASEAN, A loss for WTO?
12 October, 2015
CO15181 | Thailand’s Troubled Economy: New Cabinet, New Hope?
25 August, 2015
CO15058 | ASEAN Economic Community: Slow Progress on Labour Issues
18 March, 2015
CO14196 | Governing ASEAN e-Commerce: Getting Cloudier
08 October, 2014
CO14093 | ASEAN SMEs: Same-Day Delivery Services for More Growth?
19 May, 2014
CO13190 | Beijing’s ASEAN Embrace: Making Hay While the Sun Shines
09 October, 2013
CO13086 | "Going Niche" for ASEAN Economic Community
06 May, 2013
CO13078 | ASEAN Unity: From Word to Deed
26 April, 2013
CO13076 | The Myanmar Government and Ethnic Minorities: An Unhappy Marriage
25 April, 2013
- Pitakdumrongkit, K. “The Impact of the Trump Administration’s Indo-Pacific Strategy on Regional Economic Governance.” (2019). Policy Studies, No. 79. The East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, the United States of America, March 2019.
- Pitakdumrongkit, Kaewkamol. Negotiating Financial Agreement in East Asia: Surviving the Turbulence. Routledge, 2015.
- Pitakdumrongkit, K. "The Politics of East Asian Financial Agreement: The Case of the CMIM." (2019). In Financial Cooperation in East Asia, edited by Tomoo Kikuchi & Masaya Sakuragawa, RSIS Monograph No. 35, pp. 65-71.
- Pitakdumrongkit, K 2019, "Economics and Trade Impact of the Silk Road Economic Belt Initiative," Panorama: Trade and Economic Connectivity in an Age of Uncertainty, pp. 47-58.
- Pitakdumrongkit, K & Klaisringoen, N. (2019). “Co-chairing Asia-Pacific defence diplomacy: the case ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus.” Australian Journal of International Affairs 73, no. 1, pp. 64-81.
- Kaewkamol Karen Pitakdumrongkit (2017). "Building Exchange-Rate Governance Within the ASEAN+3 Process." Global Asia, Vol. 12, No. 4, Winter 2017, pp. 98-102.
- Pitakdumrongkit (2017). “Beyond the Secretariat: Addressing Governance Issues in ASEAN Economic Community” (2017), The Singapore Economic Review, 62(3): 741–759
- Pitakdumrongkit, K. (2016). “Shaping the Future of East Asian Economic Architectures: Views of ASEAN.” In Joint U.S.-Korea Academic Studies: Rethinking Asia in Transition: Security Intentions, Value Gaps, and Evolving Economic Relations, Vol. 27, pp. 245-264. The Korea Economic Institute of America, the United States of America, October 2016.
- Pitakdumrongkit, Kaewkamol. “Coordinating the South China Sea Issue: Thailand’s Roles in the Code of Conduct Development”. International Relations of the Asia Pacific (2015). doi:10.1093/irap/lcv006
- Pitakdumrongkit, Kaewkamol. “Co-Chairing International Negotiations: The Case of the Chiang Mai Initiative Multilateralization.” The Pacific Review 28 No 4 (2015): 577-605. doi: 10.1080/09512748.2015.1012540
- Pitakdumrongkit, K 2019, "Washington's Fragile Economic Plans for the Indo-Pacific," East Asia Forum, July 3.
- Pitakdumrongkit, K. "Managing volatility with a smile: how tumultuous Thailand puts a stable face on ASEAN," Australian Strategic Policy Institute, May 7, 2019.
- Can ASEAN Play a Greater Role in the Mekong Subregion?
- Pitakdumrongkit, K. "Pence in Southeast Asia: Ways Forward for US-ASEAN Cooperation on Infrstructure Development", Brookings, November 27, 2018.
- Pitakdumrongkit, K. (2018) "Thailand's 2019 Election: What's in It for Regional Economic Integration?" Asia Dialogue: University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute, November 12, 2018.
- Pitakdumrongkit, K. (2018). “Thailand’s Political Dynamics and the Consequences for Regional Economic Integration.” Asia-Pacific Bulletin, No. 430, East-West Center, 11 July 2018.
- No knight in shining armour for CMIM- East Asia Forum
- Pitakdumrongkit, K. (2018) The 32nd ASEAN Summit’s Economic Priorities and Implications for US-ASEAN Economic Relations. Asia Pacific Bulletin: East-West Center, No. 422.
- Kaewkamol Pitakdumrongkit. "ASEAN at 50: Making Headway in the Economic Community." IAPS Dialogue, University of Nottingham, September 27, 2017.
- Pitakdumrongkit, K. (2017) Enriching the ASEAN Economic Community. Australian Outlook
- Kaewkamol Pitakdumrongkit. “ASEAN SMEs: Same-Day Delivery Services for More Growth?.” Eurasia Review, May 20, 2014.
- Kaewkamol Pitakdumrongkit and Benjamin Ho. “Beijing’s ASEAN Embrace: Making Hay While the Sun Shines.” Eurasia Review, October 10, 2013.
- Kaewkamol Pitakdumrongkit. "The Myanmar Government and Ethnic Minorities: An Unhappy Marriage." The Jakarta Post on May 5, 2013.
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