Foreign Relations: Regionalism as an Essential Mechanism
In general, the Thai voting public are not interested in foreign relations, nor do they regard themselves as being affected by foreign policy decisions. The current economic crisis has made the public more aware of the role of international financial institutions in their daily lives. Unpleasant activities from Myanmar's dissidents in Thailand are other events that may stir their interest in foreign affairs from time to time. However, foreign relations are still perceived by the majority of Thais as an élite task that is far beyond the understanding of laymen. Foreign policy was not an issue in the 2001 general election.
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