Thailand

  • Partnerships

    Multilateral Cobra Gold returns to Thailand with all-domain drills, humanitarian focus

    FORUM Staff More than 9,500 participants and observers from 30 nations joined forces in Thailand in February and March 2024 for exercise Cobra Gold, the largest post-pandemic edition of the annual security cooperation drills co-hosted by Thailand and the United States. Cobra Gold kicks off in Thailand in late February 2024 with opening ceremonies, live-fire and medical evacuation training, and…

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  • Climate

    Scientists Identify 380 More Species in Mekong Region

    Radio Free Asia An aggressive color-changing lizard, a venomous snake named after a goddess in Chinese mythology and a camouflaging green frog found only in the forested limestone mountains of northeastern Vietnam were among the hundreds of plant and animal species discovered in the Mekong River region in the past two years, researchers announced in May 2023. Hundreds of scientists…

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  • Partnerships

    Thailand, U.S. to hold annual military drills with troops from 30 nations

    Radio Free Asia Thailand and the United States will stage annual, large-scale military drills in late February 2024, with more than 10,000 troops from 30 nations expected to participate. As part of the maneuvers, Thai and U.S. personnel will salvage the Royal Thai Navy corvette HTMS Sukhothai, which sank during a storm in the Gulf of Thailand in December 2022,…

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  • Partnerships

    Singapore-Thailand defense partnership crucial to Indo-Pacific security

    Tom Abke Formed over decades and evolving with the security environment in the Indo-Pacific, the defense partnership between Singapore and Thailand is among the region’s most robust and far-reaching, including joint efforts to secure the vital shipping lanes of the Malacca and Singapore straits, and regular military exercises. “It’s with only a handful of key foreign counterparts that the SAF…

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  • Features

    Cobra Gold 2023

    Gusty Da Costa More than 500 Thai and United States paratroopers dropped into fields of tall tropical grasses near Fort Thanarat in Prachuap Khiri Khan in western Thailand in early March 2023. Soon, MV-22 Osprey and CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters loaded with Republic of Korea (ROK), Thai and U.S. Marines secured an airstrip to allow follow-on forces to maneuver freely. …

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  • Climate

    PRC’s hydroelectric dams threaten Mekong River

    FORUM Staff The Mekong River stretches nearly 5,000 kilometers from the Tibetan plateau, winding through Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and, ultimately, Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. The river, the longest in Southeast Asia, carries nutrient-rich sediment essential to the livelihoods of those who rely on the waterway for agriculture and fisheries. But the river is drying up. In recent years, its water…

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  • Global Commons

    Nations consider trade route alternatives as Malacca Strait nears capacity

    FORUM Staff Minutes after midnight on July 11, 2021, the bulk carrier MV Galapagos and the container ship Zephyr Lumos collided as the behemoths transited the Malacca Strait off the coast of southern Malaysia. The enveloping darkness of sea and sky would have been pierced by the stream of navigation lights from some of the more than 250 vessels that…

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  • Free and Open Indo-Pacific/FOIP

    USINDOPACOM Office of Women, Peace & Security holds inaugural gender advisor course

    FORUM Staff The United States Indo-Pacific Command’s (USINDOPACOM) Office of Women, Peace & Security (WPS) conducted its first Indo-Pacific Regional Military Gender Advisor Course in Hawaii in late August 2023. The event marked the launch of a five-year training initiative by USINDOPACOM. The WPS Office designed the annual course to develop a trained network of gender advisors from partner nations,…

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  • Northeast Asia

    ‘Enduring Partners’ takes off in Thailand

    FORUM Staff Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) and United States Air National Guard personnel met for the inaugural Enduring Partners engagement in mid-September 2023 at Korat RTAF Base in central Thailand. Designed to enhance combined force readiness, the exercise was another demonstration of the long-standing relationship between the Thai and U.S. militaries. The 10-day exercise was part of the State…

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  • Partnerships

    Royal Thai Army, U.S. Army Soldiers participate in historic all-female airborne course

    Master Sgt. Theanne Tangen/U.S. Special Operations Command Pacific The Royal Thai Army (RTA) invited United States Army Soldiers to participate in its first all-female Basic Airborne Course conducted by the Special Warfare School at Camp Erawan in Thailand’s Lopburi province from July 18 to August 9, 2023. Nearly 100 female RTA Soldiers from Airborne Class 345 earned their Parachutist Badge…

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