Thailand: Pandora’s Box

Thailand is no stranger to protests. There is nothing new in the looming schism in the country that is dividing supporters and opponents of the Pheu Thai Party, a third reincarnation of the political entity that supports Thai ex-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s henchmen. Thaksin Shinawatra was ousted from power through a coup in 2006 and had to flee the country. These events triggered a whole series of internal political crises in Thailand, each of which helped to contribute further to the deepening schism. An attempt in 2013 by the government to have the parliament adopt a law granting amnesty, which would have given Shinawatra a chance of a comeback, put into question the very future of the country’s political system.

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MH370 Challenge for Asia-Pacific Security

Two weeks search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane was an example of both impressive regional cooperation and discouraging limits of such cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region.

On the one hand it is the largest search operation in the history. On March 20 Malaysian authorities mentioned 29 planes and 6 helicopters, 18 ships, and 21 satellites, involved in the search. During previous days the operations facilities amounted to more than 50 planes and 40 ships of 26 countries. China alone used the data from about 20 satellites. The total area of the operation had reached 7.7 million square kilometers. The search for the missing plane has become a top priority for many countries, including China and the United States.

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Introducing… John Paul Mondejar

John Paul P. Mondejar is a Consular and Diplomatic Affairs student from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde in Manila, Philippines. He is in Moscow for his internship at the Embassy of the Philippines. In line with that, the said embassy has collaborated with the ASEAN Centre of MGIMO University for him to spend some time at MGIMO to learn more on Russia, Russia-Philippines relations and Russia-ASEAN relations. John Paul speaks English, Filipino, Hiligaynon, Spanish and hopes to learn French and Russian in the future. Furthermore, he plans to someday serve as a career diplomat of the Philippines.

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