Turbocharging Thailand’s Post-COVID Economic Recovery – Improving the Ease of Doing Business

Turbocharging Thailand’s Post-COVID Economic Recovery – Improving the Ease of Doing Business By British Ambassador to Thailand Brian Davidson U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Michael George DeSombre Australian Ambassador to Thailand Allan McKinnon PSM German Ambassador to Thailand Georg Schmidt The COVID-19 pandemic has exacted a devastating health and economic toll worldwide. In Thailand, the public ...
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Celebrating a Shared History of Religious Freedom

Celebrating a Shared History of Religious Freedom By U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Michael George DeSombre As an American who has lived overseas and raised my family abroad, I have been able to see my country more clearly and appreciate the freedoms enshrined in our Constitution. One of the most important of these freedoms is freedom ...
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Building the Mekong-U.S. Partnership

Building the Mekong-U.S. Partnership By U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Michael George DeSombre Having worked in the business world for over 20 years, I understand well the paramount importance of trusted partners in coming together to achieve a common goal. Whether you are negotiating a high-stakes business deal or building a regional power grid, success hinges ...
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U.S. Ambassador Praises Law Enforcement Partnership After Golden Triangle Visit

From the air, I could see the mighty Mekong snaking through the jungle, its light-brown waters contrasting with the green canopy of the mountains that come almost to the river’s edge.  Even from a helicopter hundreds of feet above the ground, it was impossible not to be awed by the river, and I feel lucky ...
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Upholding the Sovereign Rights of All

Upholding the Sovereign Rights of All By U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Michael George DeSombre As the world focuses on the fight against COVID-19, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is exploiting others’ distraction to extend its bullying campaign in the South China Sea. The tactics of coercion, subversion and disinformation used in the South China ...
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Safe, Reliable, Secure and Cost-Effective Supply Chains Belong in Thailand

Safe, Reliable, Secure and Cost-Effective Supply Chains Belong in Thailand By U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Michael George DeSombre “You only find out who is swimming naked when the tide goes out,” the famous investor Warren Buffett once said.  Unfortunately, the tide went out for global companies in early 2020 as they were slammed by the ...
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Saving the Mekong, the Economic Lifeblood of an Entire Region

Saving the Mekong, the Economic Lifeblood of an Entire Region By U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Michael George DeSombre I first heard about the beauty of the Mekong River (or Mae Nam Khong) long before I moved to Asia.  American and Thai people share a common respect for our rivers.  I grew up near the Mississippi ...
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Tackling COVID-19: The Latest Challenge for U.S.-Thai Health Cooperation

Tackling COVID-19: The Latest Challenge for U.S.-Thai Health Cooperation By U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Michael George DeSombre   This year, World Health Day (April 7) falls during a particularly solemn time, as humankind grapples with the worst disease pandemic of the past 100 years. Each day brings a sobering update of the rising death toll ...
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Op-Ed by Ambassador Michael George DeSombre

In an Op-Ed published in Thai press on March 21, 2020, Ambassador Michael George DeSombre calls on the People’s Republic of China to save lives, not save face. The celebrated American author Mark Twain once said, “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting its boots on.” That statement is ...
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