SOAS University of London

Centre of South East Asian Studies

The Current Political Situation in Thailand

Kasit Phirom (Former Thai Minister of Foreign Affairs 2008-11)

Date: 15 February 2014Time: 3:00 PM

Finishes: 15 February 2014Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Lecture

Speaker's Biography

Mr. Kasit Piromya is a Thai diplomat, Democrat Party, Thailand politician, and former People's Alliance for Democracy "Yellow Shirts" activist. He has served as a Foreign Minister from 2008 to 2011 under Abhisit Vejjajiva's premiership. He was also a former Shadow Deputy Prime Minister in 2008 and recently between 2011 and 2013 under Yingluck Shinawatra's government.

As a diplomat, he has served as the ambassador to the Soviet Union and Mongolia, Russia and the former Soviet republics, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, Germany, Japan, and the United States.

He read International Affairs at Georgetown University alongside former US President Bill Clinton and former President of the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. He later achieved his Master degree in International Relations from the International Institute of Social Studies, the Netherlands.

He joined the People's Alliance for Democracy's movement against the Coalition Governments under Samak Sundaravej and Somchai Wongsawat including the famous rallies inside the Government House and Suvarnabhumi International Airport. During his time in office, Mr. Kasit faced the vote of no confidence twice in 2009 and 2010. He passed the confidence vote and remain in position until the parliament dissolution in 2011.

There will be a Q&A Session at the end of the talk.

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