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Surin Pitsuwan

Former Asean secretary-general

Surin Pitsuwan is president of the Future Innovative Thailand Institute (Fit), a former Asean secretary-general, and a former foreign minister of Thailand.

Surin Pitsuwan
6 Sep 2017

Asean's Timor response shows way

As the number of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state continues to rise, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) remains at a loss as to how to help "douse the fire of communal strife".

6 Sep 2017
5 Aug 2017

Challenge for Asean

The challenge for Asean is whether it is willing, capable and ready to play a larger role, adopt a new mindset from its passive "Asean Way" of the past 50 years.

5 Aug 2017
Challenge for Asean
4 Jul 2017

Missing educational reform

There never has been an attempt to adopt "best practices" from the successful schools into classrooms of the under-achieving.

4 Jul 2017 17
Missing educational reform
10 Aug 2016

Thus spoke the people

The referendum result is not an endorsement for the military regime, but a reminder to produce a smooth political transition as promised.

10 Aug 2016 7
Thus spoke the people
23 Jul 2016

Open referendum debate a positive sign

The decision by the NCPO to allow a wider space for debate and exchange of opinions among the referendum electorate is a positive development.

23 Jul 2016 8
Open referendum debate a positive sign
4 Jul 2016

After knockback, a postmortem

Thai exceptionalism must finally be put to rest, and people must feel the shocking reality of competition, writes our former foreign minister.

4 Jul 2016 3
After knockback, a postmortem
28 Jun 2016

Inequitable Thailand

The Brexit vote was a far-reaching cataclysm that risks a Thai 'Rebellion of the Left-Outs', writes Surin Pitsuwan.

28 Jun 2016 4
Inequitable Thailand
21 Jul 2015

In praise of thrift

Former foreign minister Surin Pitsuwan writes in praise of the sufficiency economy, a policy that is being integrated into the basic school curriculum.

21 Jul 2015 8