Join Hudson Institute Walter P. Stern Distinguished Fellow Kenneth Weinstein for an interview with former U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Michael George DeSombre on Thailand’s role in the U.S. global alliance system and in the Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy.
In 1833, Thailand became America’s first treaty ally in Asia, and the two countries have been strategic allies since 1954, conducting more than 400 military exercises annually. As a “major non-NATO ally,” Thailand is central to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and to the U.S. Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy; however, the Biden administration’s Interim National Security Strategic Guidance omitted Thailand from its list of friends and allies in the Indo-Pacific. Is Thailand being overlooked by the Biden administration? What are the implications of this omission? Please join Hudson Institute for this important discussion.