US: Coming months key for Thailand ties – AFP, May 31, 2011
[This article underscores how Thailand is less important than ever to the U.S.
It began with the Bush administration when Southeast Asia was neglected and focus turned to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This trend has now become codified as the Obama administration is resetting regional priorities by designating Indonesian the key consequential nation in the region for a U.S. relationship.
It has been decades now since Thailand has mattered internationally and there is no reason to think this will change.
It should also be noted that there is little concern internationally for the internal politics of a small country like Thailand (this includes the Red Shirt riots of the past couple of years). However, any border disputes (i.e. conflicts between two countries) is of immediate concern internationally.]