Stories of the Day, Panetta in Cambodia Edition

The AP says: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday that the U.S. would participate in three Southeast Asian military exercises next year. Panetta was in Cambodia for talks with his counterparts from 10 Southeast Asian nations in advance of President Barack Obama’s visit next week. The defense chief said the exercises will be a humanitarian […]

President Obama to Visit Thailand, Myanmar, and Cambodia

I wanted to point out a few stories ahead of President Obama’s upcoming Southeast Asia trip. Obama will be Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), and Cambodia from Saturday November 17 through Tuesday November 20. The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok provides details on Obama’s itinerary: In Thailand, he will meet with Prime Minister Yingluck to mark 180 years […]

Economist on Thaksin and Hun Sen

Following my recent post on Thaksin’s Songkran rally next door in Cambodia, I wanted to point out a related Economist piece. The story examines the exiled former Thai prime minister’s relationship with Cambodia’s PM, Hun Sen: As much as the rally was a testament to Mr Thaksin’s popularity, it was perhaps even more a reflection […]

ICJ: Thailand, Cambodia troops should withdraw from Preah Vihear

There’s news today from the U.N.’s International Court of Justice on the Preah Vihear temple. The BBC says: The UN’s highest court has ordered Thailand and Cambodia to withdraw troops from a disputed border region near an ancient temple complex. And: The court said both sides must allow access to observers from the regional bloc […]

Thailand quits U.N. World Heritage Convention over Preah Vihear

The AP reported yesterday that: Thailand’s prime minister on Sunday defended his country’s decision to quit the U.N.’s World Heritage Convention, saying its committee’s consideration of a Cambodian plan to manage a protected temple on Thailand’s border would increase tensions. The UNESCO Web site has this statement yesterday from the Director General, who says: Contrary […]

Thailand, Cambodia, and Preah Vihear: more links

A few more items to pass along: NY Times: Pause in Fighting Over Temple Between Thailand and Cambodia Analysis from Pavin Chachavalpongpun in today’s WSJ: Thailand’s Rising Nationalism NBC News World Blog: High farce at the Thai-Cambodian border BBC News: Emotional fall-out of Thailand-Cambodia clashes (Image: BBC News.)

More on Thailand, Cambodia, and Preah Vihear clashes

AP: Thai, Cambodian clashes resume at disputed border Economist blog post with background info and political implications: Shells fly around the temple BBC: Cambodia nationalism fired by temple row with Thailand MCOT: Fresh fighting on Thai-Cambodian border; 15,000 evacuated (Image: Reuters/BBC.)