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Analysis: US nominates former NKorea envoy as new ambassador to Thailand

By Wed, Apr 15, 2015 8:25AM UTC 18 Comments

In an episode of the American TV drama 'The West Wing', a scene depicts how new ambassadors are welcomed in Washington, D.C.: "I understand that you're a sports fan?" asks the fictional president Josiah Bartlet, played by Martin Sheen. "Yes sir, Mr. President. Golf!" replies the fictitious new Thai Ambassador Tada Sumatra (who came up with that name?), both men standing in the president's Oval Office with their respective aides. "Okay, well - golf's not a sport. It's fine, don't get me wrong, but let's not you and I get confused with things that men do," rebuffs the president...

Opinion: Thailand-US diplomatic spat a sign of cracks in junta’s confidence

By Thu, Jan 29, 2015 10:50AM UTC Comments Off on Opinion: Thailand-US diplomatic spat a sign of cracks in junta’s confidence

Frankly speaking, I did not expect to be writing about this topic so quickly following my blog post from yesterday, but here I am again further musing on the delicate art of international diplomacy....

Prayuth blasts US envoy’s remarks, calls himself ‘democratic soldier’

By Wed, Jan 28, 2015 11:00AM UTC 0 Comment

Thai junta Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha has rebutted a top US diplomat's calls for a more "inclusive" political reform process and the lifting of martial law. The general's response yet again shows the impossible task to convince the world outside of Thailand that everything under the authoritarian rule is normal. ...

What does Thailand really know about the CIA’s ‘black site’ prisons?

By Fri, Dec 12, 2014 8:33AM UTC 0 Comment

Thai officials have denied the existence of secret U.S. detention and interrogation facilities in Thailand, following the highly anticipated release of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA's use of torture in the past decade during the interrogation of terrorist suspects. But there may be some indications that Thailand may knows more than it is ready to admit....

The US scales down “Cobra Gold” military exercises in Thailand

By Mon, Oct 27, 2014 8:39AM UTC 0 Comment

A crucial part in the military junta's desire to win approval from the international community are its current ties to the United States. But the signs between Washington and Bangkok are somewhat ambiguous right now, writes Saksith Saiyasombut....