Foreign Policy

Of Kings and Protests: Thailand’s identity crisis

The start of 2020 saw Thailand being engulfed by a series of ongoing protests – as 2021 approaches, the state of Thailand’s political future has yet to be conclusive. Triggered by the dissolution of the pro-democracy Future Forward Party, mismanagement of the economy and increased weaponization of lese-majeste laws under the new monarch, fresh momentum…

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Of Kings and Protests: Thailand’s identity crisis

Tearing up the Deal: Understanding the consequences of terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement

In late January, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States despite some efforts of the Secretaries of Defense and Foreign Affairs to prevent it.  The agreement provides the legal framework for the presence of US troops in the Philippines for military exercises and humanitarian relief operations….

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Tearing up the Deal: Understanding the consequences of terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement