CABC members attended the ASEAN and the New World Disorder: Thailand, seeking a new balance event on June 12, in Bangkok, Thailand.

Event synopsis

Thailand’s murky election on March 24 serves as a prelude to a broader power struggle among competing players and institutions that now must operate under a new reign. A profound reckoning so far in the 21st century between Thailand’s monarchy-centred hierarchy and a democratic order based on popular rule will require compromise and mutual accommodation among competing interests to remain peaceful and workable. While the Thai economy has held up on a subpar basis, lagging ASEAN peers such as Vietnam and Indonesia, modest growth prospects could head south unless Thailand can generate new momentum and move forward after 15 years of stop-start progress.