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Online Magazine Issue No. 4, 2017

CPG Online Magazine, Issue 4, 2017

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Dear Readers,

CPG Events May-June 2017................................................................................................4

Welcome to COM 4, our latest edition of CPG’s online magazine. As always, it contains interesting articles and interviews, research material, our regular announcement section and an extensive career part with a job market and scholarship opportunities. This issue looks back at CPG events of May and June which included an expert talk on constitutional politics under Thailand’s 2017 Constitution at the Residence of the German Ambassador in late May and another international seminar on the ongoing disputes in the South and East China Sea with renowned experts and scholars from Australia, Japan, and Thailand. Following this seminar, COM 4 provides a platform for former Director of Intelligence and Information Operations for the U.S. Pacific Fleet James E. Fenell and CPG Senior Research Associate Kerry K. Gershaneck to share an article depicting their opinion on likely future scenarios surrounding the East China Sea and the Senkaku Islands. Staying with the topic, Dr. Li Nan, visiting Senior Research Fellow at East Asian Institute at the National University of Singapore, is elaborating on China’s maritime strategy and the southern theatre command. The two interviews of this issue are both related to human rights. Moden Yi, from APLE Cambodia who is fighting against the sexual exploitation of Children shares some insights of his important work. Second, Zaman (Sam) Zia-Zarifi the newly appointed General Secretary of the Intenatioanl Commission of Jurists (ICJ) talked to us about mounting pressure on the international legal framework of human rights. As research material, COM 4 provides a translation of the recently promulgated NCPO order 33/2560, which was released in reaction to the unforeseen effects of the “Royal Decree on Recruitment of Foreigners” that was promulgated in late June, causing many foreign workers to leave Thailand in fear of harsh penalties for violations. The translation was provided by Natthanicha Aneksomboonphon, from the Office of the Council of State. Our lifestyle section features another rewarding destination for a Bangkok day trip to Ko Kret in the Chao Praya River, not too far from CPG’s offices at Thammasat University. Taking the opportunity to thank everyone who has supported CPG’s work over the past couple of months, I hope you find this issue interesting and invite you to share feedback on this issue and get in touch with us if you are interested in our work. Henning Glaser Director, German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Pubic Policy and Good Governnace (CPG), Faculty of Law, Thammasat University

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Lecture series “Resistance in Thailand during the Second World War”....................................................... 5 Expert talk “Constitutional Politics under the 2017 Constitution: Peculiarities & Prospects”..................... 5 International Seminar “A Hotbed for Crises: Increasing Stakes and Growing Tensions in the South China Sea”................................................................................................................................. 7 Workshop “Conflict Resolution and Connectivity – A Socio/Technological Experiment” .......................... 9 CPG Spring School Academy 2017............................................................................................................... 9

Articles.................................................................................................................................12 White Warships, Little Blue Men, and Looming Conflict in the East China Sea - China’s “Short, Sharp War” For The Senkakus James E. Fanell and Kerry K. Gershaneck................................................................................................ 13 The Sout