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

Abstract

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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Published
2019-12-30
How to Cite
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 https://so02.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/easttu/article/view/241354
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Research Article