International Affairs

Kevin Downey

Associate Professor Dr. Jittipat Poonkham
Address: Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University, Tha Prachan, Bangkok 1020
Telephone: 02-613-2301
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Courses Taught:

PhD in International Politics, Aberystwyth University, UK
MPhil in International Relations, St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford
BA in Political Science (International Relations), First Class Honours, Chulalongkorn University

International Relations Theories International Relations of Russia and the Former Soviet Republics
International Order and Great Power Politics
Diplomatic History
Geopolitics and Critical Security Studies

A Genealogy of Bamboo Diplomacy: The Politics of Thai Détente with Russia and China (Canberra: Australian National University Press, 2022). <>

“Thailand’s Bamboo Diplomacy in the Age of Geopolitical Rivalry: Bending or Gone with the Wind?”
in CSCAP Regional Security Outlook 2023 (Canberra: Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP), 2023), 43-46 <

“A Paradise Lost in the Indo-Pacific? Great Power Politics and International Relations of the Myanmar Tragedy”,
in Demystifying Myanmar’s Transition and Political Crisis, eds. Chosein Yamahata and Bobby Anderson (Singapore: Springer, 2022), Chapter 11.

“Fictional International Relations: Problematizing Fact and Fiction in Global Politics”,
E-International Relations, 24 August 2022, 1-9

“Power Politics and the Institutional Architecture in the Mekong Subregion: Beyond the Geopolitical Trap?” International Studies Center Journal, No. 1 (2022), 1-17.

“The Indo-Pacific: A Global Region of Geopolitical Struggle”,
Points of View, No. 2, International Studies Center (January 2022), 1-6.

“Russia-ASEAN Friendship in the Indo-Pacific Security Architecture: A Leading from the Middle Approach”,
in Russia and ASEAN in the Asia-Pacific Region: Dynamics of Cooperation,
Regional Processes and Global Context (Moscow: MGIMO University, 2022), 11-19.

“The Bamboo Breaks: Thailand’s Diplomatic Challenge”, Asialink, University of Melbourne, 9 September 2021.

“Thanat Khoman: A Flexible Diplomat”, International Studies Center Journal, No. 1 (2021), 1-35.

“Thailand-Australia Relations and Regional Geopolitics: A Thai View”, The Center of Gravity Series Paper 53, Strategic and Defence Studies Center, Australian National University, August 2020, 22-24.

“Why Is There No Thai (Critical) International Relations Theory?” in International Relations as a Discipline in Thailand Theory and Sub-fields (Routledge, 2019), Chapter 2.

“The End of Thai International Relations? A Plea for the Empirical Foundations of Critical Theory” in International Relations as a Discipline in Thailand Theory and Sub-fields (Routledge, 2019), Chapter 13.

“What Does Thai International Relations Want?” Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 47: No. 2 (2017): 63-90.

“Détente Studies in the Cold War International History: Questions (Un)Marked?”, Interstate: Journal of International Affairs, Issue 3 (2016).

“Russia’s Pivot to Asia: Visionary or Reactionary?” in ASEAN Political Outlook 2015, eds. Michelle Tan, Pongkwan Sawasdipakdi, and Jittipat Poonkham (Bangkok: Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University, 2016).

“Neoliberalizing EUrope: An Unfinished Project?” Journal of European Studies, Special Issue (2015).

“A Weary Titan: Russian Foreign Policy Thinking since 1992”, Journal of Social Science, Vol. 42: No. 1 (January-June 2012), pp. 52-64.

“Russia and Eastern Europe Watch”, funded by the Department of European Affairs, Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2013-2014.
“Thai-Russia Foreign Relations: An Overview”, funded by the Direck Jayanama Research Center, Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University, 2013.
“Security and Power Dynamics in the Neighboring Countries: Their Implications for Thailand”, funded by Thammasat University, 2014.

PO271 Introduction to International Relations
PO272 Diplomatic History
PO381 Foreign Policy of Major Powers
PO385 Foreign Policy of Russia
PO480 Advanced Theories in International Relations and Current Affairs
PO700 Epistemology and Methodology in Social Science