Seminar

Dialogue on Political Reform in Thailand

Seminar on the current political situation in Thailand, focusing on the reform concepts proposed by various groups for solving the political crisis , with Prof. Dr. Suchit Boonbongkarn, Chairman of the National Council for Pol. Development.

Details

In the debate about political tension in Thailand, various groups in the Thai society have proposed different concepts for solving the current political conflict in the country. The concepts, which are under current public discussion, include:

1)the “New Politics” (30% of the members of parliament should be elected and 70% of them appointed), proposed by People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD).

2)Establishment of an independent committee supervising the constitution amendment, proposed by a group of 24 university presidents.

3)Setting up of a constitution drafting committee to amend the constitution, proposed by the government, the opposition, the President of the Parliament and the President of the Senate.

4)State power reform, which excludes the senate and allows direct PM election, proposed by the Student Alliance of Thailand.

This seminar shall provide a platform for academics, researchers and social activists from Upper Northern Thailand as well as representatives of the media and NGOs to discuss and exchange opinions about the above-mentioned concepts as well as other possible solutions to the current political conflict. Beneath the political concepts this seminar wants to help decreasing the current political confrontation by creating a platform for opinion sharing and communication in general. The conclusions of the seminar shall be published for a broader public.

Program:

9.30 – 10.15 hrs

Opening and Welcome Remarks by

Asst. Prof. Pairat Trakarnsirinont, Dean of the Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration, Chiang Mai University

Dr. Canan Atilgan, Resident Representative of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Thailand

Prof. Dr.Pongsak Angkasith, President of the Chiang Mai University

10.30 – 12.00 hrs

Keynote: “The Reform for Sustainable Democracy”

Prof. Dr. Suchit Boonbongkarn, Chairman of the National Council for Political Development

13.00 – 15.00 hrs

Panel Discussion: “How to overcome the Political Crisis and build Democracy”

Dr. Kotom Areeya, Chairman of the Consultative Council for Economic and Social Affairs

Asst. Prof. Pairat Trakarnsirinont, Dean of the Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration, Chiang Mai University

Mr. Prajak Kongkirati, Lecturer of the Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University

Moderator: Asst. Prof. Kosum Saichan

15.00 – 16.30 hrs

Discussion and wrap-up

Moderator: Dr. Wannapa Leerasiri, Asst. Dean for Academic and Foreign Affairs of the Faculty of Political Science

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Venue

Rincome Hotel, Chiang Mai

Speakers

  • Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration
    • Chiang Mai University
      Contact

      Dr. Canan Atilgan

      Dr. Canan Atilgan

      Head of the Department Middle East and North Africa

      canan.atilgan@kas.de +49 30 26996 3928

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