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Research review : searching for a new framework for Thailand's foreign policy in the post-cold war era


  • Aoki-Okabe, Maki


Thai foreign policy in the 1990s has been said to be contingent on the government in power, which changes between (or within) these groups and vacillates between pro-democratic reformists/principle-pursuers and the conservatives/profit-seekers. In these studies, Thailand’s Indochinese policy has often been referred to as a typical consequence of politics between the pragmatists and the reformists. However, whether or not domestic oppositional politics is the key determinant of foreign policy in the post-Cold War era still requires further examination, precisely because the model is now facing serious challenges between theory and reality. In this paper, I review the existing arguments concerning Thailand’s foreign policy in the post-Cold War Era and point out their limitations and questions for future study.

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  • Aoki-Okabe, Maki, 2013. "Research review : searching for a new framework for Thailand's foreign policy in the post-cold war era," IDE Discussion Papers 405, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO).
  • Handle: RePEc:jet:dpaper:dpaper405

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    1. Kodama, Yuka, 2012. "Young women's economic daily lives in rural Ethiopia," IDE Discussion Papers 344, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO).
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    Thailand; Foreign policy; Democratization; Globalization;

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    • H1 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government
    • N45 - Economic History - - Government, War, Law, International Relations, and Regulation - - - Asia including Middle East

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