ASEAN Centre in MGIMO-University the MFA of Russia

Центр АСЕАН при МГИМО

Conference dedicated to the 125th Anniversary of Russia-Thailand Diplomatic Relations

Conference dedicated to the 125th Anniversary of Russia-Thailand Diplomatic Relations

22.02.2022

On February 21-22 the ASEAN Centre at MGIMO University in cooperation with the Thammasat University (Thailand) held in hybrid format an international academic conference on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Thailand.

Ambassador of Russia to Thailand H.E. Evgeny Tomikhin and Ambassador of Thailand to Russia H.E. Sasiwat Wongsinsawat welcomed the conference’s participants. Dr. Andrey Baykov, MGIMO Vice-Rector for Science and Research in his welcoming remarks introduced the history of MGIMO partnerships with leading Thailand research institutions and agencies as well as the ASEAN Centre’s projects devoted to Thailand and Russia-Thailand relations.

Within two days the invited experts, diplomats, businessmen and artists discussed the Russia and Thailand bilateral cooperation issues. The conference’s agenda covered political and economic cooperation, interaction between Thai studies in Russia and Russia studies in Thailand, as well as cultural and educational cooperation. As a part of the event Dr. Jittipat Poonkham arranged also a virtual book launch seminar on his work A Genealogy of Bamboo Diplomacy: The Politics of Thai Détente with Russia and China (ANU Press. The book focuses on the concept of Thailand’s bamboo diplomacy.

The first session of the conference was attended by Dr. Jittipat Poonkham, Director of the International Studies Program, Faculty of Political Science of Thammasat University; Dr. Elena Fomicheva, Senior researcher of the Center for Southeast Asia, Australia and Oceania, Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences; Dr. Paradorn Rangsimaporn, Independent researcher, Minister-Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission, Royal Thai Embassy, Nur-Sultan, Republic of Kazakhstan; Mr. Victor Burlakov, Assistant Professor, Department of Pacific Asia, Far Eastern Federal University; Ms. Katima Poungchingngam, Postgraduate student, School of International Relations of St. Petersburg State University; Dr. Vladimir Kolotov, Head of the Department of History of the Far East Countries, School of Asian and African Studies, St. Petersburg State University, Director of the Ho Chi Minh Institute; Ms. Yilu Li, MA Student of the School of Governance and Politics at MGIMO; Ms. Alina Vladimirova, Researcher of the Center of Southeast Asia, Australia and Oceania, Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences; Mr. Phurich Srsupetkul, Senior Student, Russian Studies Program, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Thammasat University.

Among the speakers at the book launch seminar were Ambassador Dr. Anuson Chinvanno, Director of the International Studies Centre, MFA of Thailand; Dr. Jittipat Poonkham, Director of the International Studies Program, Faculty of Political Science of Thammasat University; Dr. Enze Han, Professor of the Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Hong Kong; Dr. Victor Sumsky, Founding Director of the ASEAN Centre; Dr. Greg Raymond, Lecturer at Coral Bell School of Asia-Pacific Affairs, Australian National University; Dr. Ekaterina Koldunova, Director of the ASEAN Centre.

The second session participants included PhD Student at IAAS MSU Ms. Sayana Karpova; Dr. Petr Moskalev, assistant lecturer of the St. Petersburg State University Department of the History of the Far Eastern Countries; Dr. Thanit Pewnim, associate professor of the Kamnoetvidya Science Academy; Dr. Alexey Dyshin, associate professor of Department of Pacific Asia, FEFU; Dr. Vera Ivanova, senior research fellow of the A.M.Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences, associate professor of the HSE University Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies, Dr. Valeria Vershinina, expert of ASEAN Centre MGIMO University, Ms. Daria Borisova, lecturer of the MGIMO Department of Chinese, Vietnamese, Laotian and Thai Languages, Jose Alonso Aguilar-Valera, PhD student, Kazan Federal University (KFU).

Among the conference guests were Thai officers and students, who study in Russia, representatives from the Royal Thai Embassy in Moscow and Russia-Thailand Business Council as well as prominent specialists in Russian studies from Thailand and Russian experts on Thailand, and Russian students majoring in Thai language studies. The hybrid format made it possible for participants to join the conference from different parts of Russia and Thailand and other ASEAN member-states.

The year 2022 the ASEAN Centre jointly with its Russian and Thailand partners will hold a series of educational and cultural events in commemoration of the 125th anniversary of bilateral relations.

To access the conference programme please follow the link.