Patron: Her Excellency, The Right Honourable Dame Cindy Kiro, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand

Democracy on Trial in Thailand: Lessons for the Rest of the World

Guest Speaker: Dr Thitinan Pongsudhirak
Institute of Security and International Studies, Chulalongkorn University

Event Date: Thursday 13th August 2015
Event Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

Event Location: Bell Gully
Level 21, 171 Featherston Street, Wellington.

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About the speaker

Dr Thitinan Pongsudhirak

Dr Thitinan Pongsudhirak

Dr Thitinan Pongsudhirak is Professor of International Political Economy and Director of the Institute of Security and International Studies at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University. He has published widely on Thai politics and political economy and on the geopolitical dynamics and comparative politics of Southeast Asia and ASEAN, and is an editorial board member of several leading journals. Thitinan is a frequent speaker at seminars and commentator in international media where he writes regular opinion columns. Apart from teaching and research, his experience includes journalism and policy and investment consultancy. From a multicultural and bilingual background, Thitinan was educated in Thailand, the US, and UK, earning a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and PhD from the London School of Economics where his work was awarded the UK’s Best Dissertation Prize. In June 2015, he received a prize for excellence in opinion writing by the Society of Asian Publishers (SOPA). Thitinan is the Sir Howard Kippenberger Chair for 2015 at the Centre for Strategic Studies (CSS), Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

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