Since the United States and Thailand established a security alliance through the 1954 Manila Pact and the 1962 Thanat-Rusk Communique, both countries have fought shoulder-to-shoulder, maintaining stability and promoting their shared values and norms in the region. The alliance no longer faces a clear common enemy and must adapt to a rapidly changing geostrategic landscape in Southeast Asia and the wider Indo-Pacific region. This webinar will explore perspectives from both countries regarding new opportunities in the U.S.-Thailand alliance as the Biden administration frames its national security strategy amidst strategic competition, and advocates for a free and open Indo-Pacific, and the promotion of democratic values and human rights.
The "New Opportunities for the United States-Kingdom of Thailand Alliance in the Indo-Pacific" webinar series is a collaboration between the Royal Thai Embassy, Washington, D.C., the East-West Center in Washington, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, and the International Studies Center to further promote engagement and better understanding between the United States and Thailand’s respective government officials, parliamentarians, private sectors, academic and think tank analysts, and the general public.
Speakers include: H.E. Dr. Vijavat Isarabhakdi (Opening Remarks), Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of Thailand; H.E. Manasvi Srisodapol, Ambassador of Thailand to the United States of America (Opening Remarks); Senator Tammy Duckworth (IL) (Opening Remarks); Dr. Darmp Sukontasap, Co-founder and Director, Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies (IDIS), Rangsit University; Former Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colo.); Mr. Alex Feldman, President & CEO, US-ASEAN Business Council; and Dr. Satu P. Limaye (Moderator), Vice President, East-West Center & Director, East-West Center in Washington.
This seminar will be on-the-record and recorded on both Zoom and YouTube.