CSEAS Special Seminar by Dr. Titipol Phakdeewanich on March 12th
2014/03/12 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
You are cordially invited to a special seminar by Dr. Titipol Phakdeewanich.
The details are as follows.
Date: March 12th, 2014
Time: 14:00 – 16:00
Place: Tonan-tei (Room No.201) on the 2nd floor of Inamori Foundation Memorial Building, Kyoto University
Speaker: Dr. Titipol Phakdeewanich, CSEAS Visiting Research Scholar from Ubon Ratchathani University, Thailand
Title: The Role of China and the US for the Development of the Greater Mekong Subregion and also for the strengthening of ASEAN
Mainland Southeast Asia is currently a nexus point of complex interactions between a wide range of actors with regard to its political, social, and economic development. The complexity of this interplay is due to a number of factors, which notably include the major overarching dynamic of the US-China geopolitical paradigm, and in addition, the interplay relating to international institutions such as ASEAN, multi-lateral agreements such as the Greater Mekong Subregion collaboration and the Lower Mekong Initiative, as well as bi-lateral partnerships such as the economic and developmental projects between China and Laos.
However, in many provinces far from the political and economic centres of primacy such as Bangkok, Thailand – which continues in many ways to act as the regional hub for the majority of mainland Southeast Asia -local populations continue to feel a strong sense of alienation from both the political process and in addition, from the outside actors such as national or international institutions, business interests, or NGO’s, which may be attempting to engage them.
Developing nations such as Thailand and Laos can therefore, gain insight from the experience of a developed nation such as Japan, which has more
successfully balanced its relationship to the two leading hegemonic powers of China and the U.S., whilst recognising the needs of its own
population. If the complex interplay of interests between China and the U.S. in relation to East Asia and Southeast Asia in particular can be better apprehended, then the national interests of nations such as Thailand and Laos can be better defended, and the opportunity for misunderstanding and distrust between these actors can be successfully mitigated.
Coordinator: Pavin Chachavalpongpun, CSEAS