Reinventing	Thailand:	Thaksin	and	His	Foreign	Policy

Reinventing Thailand: Thaksin and His Foreign Policy

by Pavin Chachavalpongpun

From 2001 to 2006, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra transformed Thailand's international role from one of obscurity into a kind of regional hegemon. Thaksin's diplomatic ambitions were reflected in his myriad of grandiose foreign policy initiatives, designed to locate Thailand at the forefront of regional politics and reinstall the Thai sphere of influence over weaker neighbouring states. He abolished the traditional bending-with-the-wind foreign policy, revamped the Thai Foreign Ministry, and empowered Thai envoys through the CEO Ambassadors programme. But in this process, Thaksin was accused of exploiting foreign policy to enrich his business empire. Thaksin's reinvention of Thailand as an up-and-coming regional power was therefore tainted by conflicts of interest and the absence of ethical principles in the country's foreign policy.

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Preliminary pages
1. Introduction: Reinventing Thailand
2. Bamboo in the Wind: A Traditional Thai Diplomacy
3. Major Foreign Policy Initiatives: The Making of a Hegemonic Power?
4. Bilateral Relations: Tailoring of a Thaksinized Diplomacy
5. A Moot Foreign Policy: Shortcomings and Oversights
6. Conclusion: A Rickety Reinvention
7. Epilogue: The Post-Thaksin Foreign Policy
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  • Number of Pages : 354
  • Publisher : Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
  • Weight : 700g
  • Product Code : 9789814279192
  • Dimension : 152 x 229 mm

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Pavin Chachavalpongpun

Pavin Chachavalpongpun is a Visiting Research Fellow and Lead Researcher for Political and Strategic Affairs at the ASEAN Studies Centre, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore.