Comprising 60.3 percent of the world's 7.2 billion population, Asia is an enigma to many in the West. Hugely dynamic in its demographic, economic, technological and financial development, its changes are as rapid as they are diverse. The SAGE Handbook of Asian Foreign Policy provides the reader with a clear, balanced and comprehensive overview on Asia's foreign policy and accompanying theoretical trends. Placing the diverse and dynamic substance of Asia's international relations first, and bringing together an authoritative assembly of contributors from across the world, this is a reliable introduction to non-Western intellectual traditions in Asia. VOLUME 1: PART 1: Theories; PART 2: Themes; PART 3: Transnational Politics; PART 4: Domestic Politics; PART 5; Transnational Economics. VOLUME 2: PART 6: Foreign Policies of Asian States; Part 6a: East Asia; Part 6b: Southeast Asia; Part 6c: South & Central Asia; Part 7: Offshore Actors; Part 8: Bilateral Issues; Part 9: Comparison of Asian Sub-Regions.
Chapter 32: Thailand's Foreign Policy in the Post-Cold War Era: From Potentials to Disarrays
Thailand's Foreign Policy in the Post-Cold War Era: From Potentials to Disarrays
The most important approach when we know that great powers always compete for power is, we must fall into nobody's arms but maintain the policy of equidistance. That is, we should not lean too much towards anyone who will tie us so tightly that we cannot breathe comfortably. This is the policy that I always followed when I was responsible for Thai foreign affairs.1
The above statement by the former Thai Foreign Minister Thanat Khoman neatly captures a conventional view of Thai foreign ...