SILPAKORN UNIVERSITY JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, HUMANITIES, AND ARTS, Vol 15, No 3 (2015)

India and Thailand: Soft Power Ties

Sophana Srichampa




Abstract


India and Thailand have had a long relationship since ancient times. This relationship commenced through trade and later Indian religion and culture followed. Thailand remains influenced by Indian elements which mixed with the local beliefs and culture. There was no hard power used directly from India towards Southeast Asia or Thailand in particular. Rather, it was soft power that India used to forge ties with Thailand. Soft power means the ability to combine hard and soft power into a winning strategy. Diplomatic relations between India-Thailand in modern times started since 1947 after the independence of India. With India’s ‘Look East’ policy in 1992, and the ‘Look West’ policy of Thailand, India has implemented many collaborative works with Thailand. Nye’s concept of Power as Resources can be summarized that religioeconomical- cultural resources are power through Look East and Look West Policies as its strategies. The preferred outcomes are the close relation between India-Thailand. Another Nye’s concept of Power Defined as Behavioral Outcomes: Power affects others through religio-economicalcultural resources by reward and attraction to better understanding between two people for further constructive collaborations as the preferred outcomes.

Keywords: India; Thailand; Soft power; Tie

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