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Thailand: Bending with the Wind Again?

  • Enrico Fels
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Part of the Global Power Shift book series (GLOBAL)

Abstract

Among the six states identified to be regional middle powers by cluster analysis in Chap.  6, Thailand has been in this group since 2002. Fittingly, authors have contrasted Thailand in earlier studies to more ‘traditional’ middle powers by describing it as an ‘emerging’ middle power, i.e. a middle power which is semi-peripheral, in-egalitarian and perhaps only recently democratised, yet demonstrates a particular amount of regional influence, works towards regional reforms (and not radical change) and shows a strong regional orientation while at the same time also constructing a national identity that distinguishes it from weaker regional states. Before examining at Thailand’s relations with the United States and the PRC, it shall again be quickly assessed beforehand whether Thailand also justifies to be a middle power following the three criteria—sufficient control over resources, exercising responsibility in regional affairs and military self-sufficiency—outlined in Chap.  4.

Keywords

Asian Financial Crisis Khmer Rouge Military Coup Security Cooperation Middle Power 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Enrico Fels
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  1. 1.Center for Global StudiesUniversity of BonnBonnGermany

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