Dialogue on "The Reform of the Political Party System"
In cooperation with Institute for Democratization Studies, KAS organized a high profile dialogue on September 16th in Bangkok. Attended by more than 80 participants with broad media coverage, and moderated by former deputy Prime Minister Mr. Chaturon Chaisang (TRT), the event focused on recent party dissolutions, the future of the political party system, and the reformation of the constitution. The debate focused on the importance of political parties for Thailand and their policy agendas.
Strengthening Leadership for Political Participation
The President of the Senate, Prasobsook Boondech, opened the workshop “Strengthening Leadership for political participation”, jointly organised by KAS Thailand and Secretariat of the Senate (SOS).
High-ranking Dialogue on the Conflict in the Deep-South
In cooperation with the Research Center for Peace Building, KAS successfully organized a high-ranking dialogue workshop seeking for practical mechanism for a peaceful settlement of the violent conflict. During the workshop, in which representatives from security forces, National Security Council, Academia and local NGOs participated, various dialogue methods have been applied. The event successfully contributed to building trust, cooperation and strategy.
Local Government Management and Community Development between the South and the East
The study trip for local leaders “Local Government Management and Community Development between the South and the East”, organized by KAS and Sawasdee Thai Foundation. In its second year,the program has brought together 35 Southern local and religious leaders. Through field visit and brainstorming session, the event has broadened the participant’s concept of effective decentralization and development as well as encouraged them to apply critical thinking tools in their own community project.
Strengthening Participatory Democracy for Women Leaders
Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and the Secretariat of the Senate conducted a seminar on “Strengthening Participatory Democracy for Women Leaders" on 23-25 April in Phuket. 12 Senators participated in the opening ceremony and 110 participants are from Phuket and Phangna. The seminar promoted the parliamentary democracy and the role of the Senate, built up positive attitude towards democracy and politics, and built up network of women leaders for democracy development in the certain provinces.
The International Seminar „Common Strategy for the Asia Pacific Region” organized by the Royal Thai Armed Forces brought together representatives from military and non-military organizations in order to develop a coherent and comprehensive security cooperation in Asia-Pacific. Following the speech by Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary General of ASEAN, KAS representative Dr. Canan Atilgan delivered a keynote on “comprehensive approach to security” introducing the German concept of „Networked Security”.
Constitutional Reform: Approaching a New Consensus
Responding to the current political crisis, Chiang Mai University and KAS co-organized a high-level panel discussion focusing on the debate of possible key solutions to overcome the political deadlock. The seminar aimed at reinvigorating past dialogues as well as introducing new conflict resolutions strategies. It encouraged participants consisting of decision-makers, academicians, and local activists for a constructive discussion on policy options that can provide a sustainable solution.
Inspection of Assets of the Persons Holding Political Positions and State Officials
KAS and the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Persons Holding Political Positions(SCP) organized a seminar on Inspection of Assets of the Person Holding Political Positions in Chiang Rai. The seminar provided a platform for interaction between the SCP, politicians, academics and lawyers. Equally, it served to raising awareness on Inspection of Assets as an instrument for good governance. The SCP is scheduled to submit a verdict of ex-prime minister Taksins assets by the end of Feb 2010.
Senators meet people
Upon invitation of the KAS 35 senators from various provinces visited on 22 January 2010 Khon Kaen in the Northeast Province of Thailand to meet with representatives of civil society organizations. The series of „Senators meet People“ provides a unique platform for both the senators and representatives of civil society to discuss current political, social and economic challenges in provinces, thus contributing to stronger political participation.
“Towards the ASEAN Community: Changes, Cooperation, and Solidarity”
CUIC is the largest student conference organized by KAS in cooperation with Chulalongkorn University, from 19-24 January with the major theme “Towards the ASEAN Community: Changes, Cooperation, and Solidarity”. The participants were consisted of 10 countries from ASEAN member and regional association. The conference had broaden the horizon of academic limitations and functioned as a platform for new generation to share opinions on the issue of regional integration and global challenges.