Volume 2
Number 1
January - June 2015

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Thailand, China and ASEAN in Regional Development 

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Editor’s Note

Anek Laothamatas

Lead Article : Thailand and ASEAN The Kingdom of Thailand and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations

Sompong Sucharitkul

Research Articles

ASEAN-China Relations: Prospects and Challenges
Authors : Anuson Chinvanno
keywords : ASEAN-China Relations, South China Sea, China’s Rise, connectivity, Code of Conduct, hegemonic power
The Evolving Regional Architecture for the Asia-Pacific: Toward an Indo-Pacific Idea
Authors : Chitriya Pinthong
keywords : dichotomy, regional architecture, strategic transformations, ASEAN, East Asia Summit
Institutional Challenges Facing Economic Development in Myanmar: A Case Study
Authors : Danuvas Sagarik and Nan San New
keywords : economic development, institution, Myanmar, new institutional economics
Parenting and Adolescent Adjustment in Asian-Russian cultural contexts:How different is it from the West?
Authors : Anthony Glendinning
keywords : parent child relations, adolescent adjustment, Siberia, democratic, permissive, traditional and authoritarian parenting; urban rural location, Asian Russian ethnicity.
Technological Innovation, CEO Characteristics and Firm Cost Efficiency: An Application of the Stochastic Cost Frontier Model to Thai Manufacturers
Authors : Yot Amornkitvikai
keywords : technological innovation, CEO characteristics, cost efficiency, Stochastic Frontier Analysis
Operational Liquidity in Thai Listed Corporations
Authors : Trinapan Mahanavanont and Jun Jiang
keywords : working capital, liquidity, operating efficiency, financial leverage
Economic Consequences of Corruption
Authors : Wanakiti Wanasilp
keywords : corruption, Corruption Perception Index (CPI), market failure
Data Breach Notification Laws as a Preventive Approach to Identity-Related Crimes: Lessons from the US for Thailand's Data Privacy Laws
Authors : Kanathip Thongraweewong
keywords : identity theft, personal data, data breach, data security, US data breach notification, Thailand laws

“This changes everything.”

Apple CEO Steve Jobs made this prediction and phrase famous when he introduced the iPhone in 2007. In just seven years, a device that fits in your hand has revolutionized how we communicate, read, teach, learn, exercise, create videos and music, and even practice medicine. The iPhone did change everything.

And so it will be for Southeast Asia: the ASEAN Economic Community changes everything. We can’t imagine all the social, educational, economic and political effects that will arise from creating an integrated community of more than 600 million people with a combined GDP worth more than $2 trillion and a free flow of labor, goods and services. Even before it begins at the end of 2015, AEC is already shaping people’s attitudes, hopes and fears.

We can’t imagine all the changes, but we can try. Our theme for this issue of RJSH,‘Thailand and her Regional Affairs’, looks at ASEAN, AEC, how we got here, and where we might be headed in the years ahead. Wherever we wind up, this region will take a fascinating journey, so perhaps it’s best to quote from Alice in Wonderland and ‘begin at the beginning’. In our lead article, ‘The Kingdom of Thailand and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations,’ distinguished statesman, diplomat and noted scholar Sompong Sucharitkul gives us a first-hand account of ASEAN’s birth and the people who made it happen.

Since then, its members have experienced varied levels of development that will affect how they each experience AEC’s inception. Danuvas Sagarik and Nan San Nwe outline the huge challenges Myanmar faces as it leaps from decades of isolation to regional integration, while Yot Amornkitvikai details the “middle-income trap” threatening Thailand as it comes under pressure from low-cost, more dynamic economies such as those in Vietnam and Indonesia.

In foreign affairs, diplomat and scholar Anuson Chinvanno examines ASEAN-China relations under the cloud of China’s increasingly assertive claims against individual countries over nearly the entire South China Sea. Chitriya Pinthong sees the potential to develop an “Indo-Pacific” idea for ASEAN and Asia-Pacific, a “strategic architecture” that promotes peace and stability while reducing the chance of further conflict.

We welcome your comments and manuscripts. Links to our manuscript submission site can be found at the RJSH Online Submission and Review System: http://rjsh.rsu.ac.th. We look forward to hearing from you.



Anek Laothamatas

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