- NBR - The National Bureau of Asian Research

U.S.-Thailand Alliance: Reinvigorating the Partnership

For some time leaders in the United States and Thailand have characterized their alliance as being in a state of drift. Thailand has been preoccupied with a domestic political crisis for the past five years and has been more inward-looking as a result. At the same time, the security environment in Southeast Asia has changed dramatically from the Cold War era, and some analysts on both sides maintain that the United States and Thailand no longer face a common security threat. This new environment has enabled Thailand to rebalance its foreign relations, and relations with China in particular have expanded significantly in recent years. Although the United States remains an important external partner to Thailand, the exclusivity that marked the alliance in the Cold War era is gone. This project assesses the current state of the U.S.-Thailand alliance, addresses critical issues in the broader bilateral relationship, and assesses how changing regional dynamics are influencing the alliance’s future orientation.

Catharin Dalpino is the project’s principal investigator. She serves as the Joan M. Warburg Professor of International Relations at Simmons College and is Visiting Scholar in Southeast Asian Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University.


For more information, please contact:

Abraham M. Denmark
Vice President, Political and Security Affairs

Thailand’s July Election: Understanding the Outcome

In an interview with NBR, U.S.-Thai Alliance principle investigator Catharin Dalpino discusses the results of the recent elections in Thailand, assessing the implications of the Pheu Thai Party victory for Thai domestic political stability, Bangkok’s relations with its neighbors, and the U.S.-Thailand alliance.

Workshop Report: "The United States-Thailand Alliance Reinvigorating the Partnership"

NBR and the Thai Studies Program at Georgetown University hosted a private workshop on April 28, 2010, at Georgetown University to examine the United States-Thailand Alliance. Participants gathered to examine American perspectives on the United States-Thailand Alliance.