2018 Asian Studies Visiting Fellow: Mr. Kavi Chongkittavorn


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Mr. Kavi Chongkittavorn

Residency: Mid-April through Mid-July
Contact Information: chongkik@eastwestcenter.org*
Research Interests: US foreign policy towards Southeast Asia, Indo-Pacific, regional security architecture, ASEAN

Research Topic: Reinventing US-Thai Security Relations

Kavi’s East West Center in Washington Asia Fellowship research focuses on the nature of US-Thai security cooperation, which has been in existence for the past 56 years. During the height of Cold War, Thailand and US were close military allies in fighting against communism. While their security cooperation continues unabated over the past decades, the depth and scope of their relations remain unchanged since the 1960’s when Thanat-Rush Communique was signed. With new security and strategic environment in the region coupling the rise of China and other emerging powers, Thai-US security cooperation need to be revaluate, if necessary, reinvent, over the time tested relationship to serve common US-Thai interest and the region.


Kavi Chongkittavorn is a Senior Fellow at Institute of Security and International Studies, Chulalongkorn University. His research interests are: US foreign policy toward Southeast Asia, especially with Thailand, the future of Indo-Pacific and regional security architecture. He was a former editor-in-chief of Myanmar Times from February to December 2017. He has been a journalist for the past three decades with the English-daily, The Nation, from 1984-2013. From 1994-1995, he served as a special assistant to ASEAN secretary general based in Jakarta. He is now the columnist for The Bangkok Post.

*(Please note: Email addresses are only active during the visitor's residency at the East-West Center in Washington)