FACING UP TO THAILAND’S ROLE AS ASEAN CHAIR
ASEAN headquarters, Jakarta, Dec 2010. Wikimedia Commons
The Bangkok Post
By Thitinan Pongsudhirak-Nov 9
As Thailand gears up to chair Asean next year, a sense of deja vu is setting in. The last time Thailand held its rotational turn at Asean’s helm from July 2008 to December 2009, it was undermined by domestic street protests that ended up disrupting top-level meetings and abruptly sending Asia-Pacific leaders home prematurely. Owning up to what transpired, it has to be said that the Thai hosting of Asean-centred summits back then was an utter fiasco.
First published in: Bangkok Post