Thailand 4.0 in World Politics: The 5S Foreign Affairs Strategy


  • Hongpha Subboonrueng Faculty of Economics, Thammasat University
  • Poowin Bunyavejchewin Institute of East Asian Studies, Thammasat University


Thailand 4.0, 5S strategy, 5S foreign affairs strategy, Thai foreign policy, Thailand


This article examines how the Thai government, led by General Prayut Chan-o-cha, conducted the nation’s foreign policy as part of a wider policy orientation and its vision of Thailand 4.0. It found that the Prayut government outlined its foreign policy strategy, called “5S foreign affairs strategy,” comprising: security, sustainability, standard, status, and synergy. Its 5S strategy echoed the Thai foreign policy tradition, widely recognized for its flexibility in a wind of change. Despite the list of diplomatic failures during the government’s first year in office, the government’s foreign-policy maneuvering in world politics could manage the external environment to be more favorable for Thailand’s economic development.


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Subboonrueng, H., & Bunyavejchewin, P. (2019). Thailand 4.0 in World Politics: The 5S Foreign Affairs Strategy. Thai Journal of East Asian Studies, 23(2), 312–327. Retrieved from



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