The EU-Thailand Relations

Tracing the Patterns of New Bilateralism

Chaiyakorn Kiatpongsan

Chaiyakorn Kiatpongsan

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

293 pages | 6 3/10 x 9 1/2 | © 2011
Paper $62.50 ISBN: 9789089641649 Published July 2011 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Since the mid-1990s a new foreign policy development known as new bilateralism has been observable despite the widely acknowledged political and economic advantages of multilateralism. This highly theoretical, in-depth study opens discussion of the implications of new bilateralism for international relations. The case study study of the EU-Thailand relations shows that—in times when multilateralism is in crisis—shifts towards a foreign policy pragmatism occur and that the prospects of bilateral engagement, identity formation, and rhetorical action facilitate such behavioral change.


I. Introduction
II. Depicting New Bilateralism
III. The Conceptualization of New Bilateralism
IV. The EU, Thailand, and New Bilateralism
V. EU-Thailand Relations in the International Context
VI. Conclusion

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