Bangkok Podcast: American Ambassador Kristie Kenney

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Bangkok Podcast 56: American Ambassador Kristie Kenney

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On this week’s episode of Bangkok Podcast, we are very happy to be joined by Ms. Kristie Kenney, the American Ambassador to Thailand. Formerly Ambassador to both Ecuadaor and the Philippines, she is a career diplomat with a deep understanding of geopolitics, history, and diplomacy, and is also the first female ambassador to the Land of Smiles.

Kristie talks to Tony and Greg about a variety of topics: her very active Twitter account, American foreign policy, how outsourcing is affecting American competitiveness, and her advice to young Americans who might be a bit hesitant about leaving the comfort of home. We also touch on some more serious topics – America’s voice in rights abuses in Thailand; the embarrasment of Wikileaks; and the rather broad methods that the US is using to deal with online piracy.

Also on the show is Berthe from ChickyNet, the first social network for women in Thailand, who tells us about how her frustration at the dearth of active women’s networks in Thailand led her to create her own.

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  1. DJ Octo June 13, 2011 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    Congratulations on another great interview, Ms KK comes across very well (as one would hope a high-level diplomat would!) …keep up the good work!

  2. Suwanabhumi Stan June 17, 2011 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    Have to say that this is quite possibly the worst most soft-peddaling garbage of an interview possible.

    One of the interviewers, Tony Joh (he’s the one complaining about the media not getting things right) is notorious for turning the camera on himself, while civilians were being shot less than 100ft away and saying to camera “how exciting” things are. This podcast is a joke, I’m afraid, and it appears to be more about Greg and Tony’s joint egos than anything remotely informative. And I’m sorry but Kenney is a lightweight. It shows what a basket case the US thinks Thailand is that they gave her the job.

    • Greg June 18, 2011 at 10:19 pm - Reply

      Uh, Stan, if you refer to the ‘Greg’s Ego Guide’ booklet (available at Kinokuniya for only THB3,999), you’ll notice that all mention of me online must be preceded by “His Awesomeness”. Don’t worry about it, I’ll let it go this time, thanks.
      PS – You spelled ‘Suvarnabhumi’ and ‘peddling’ wrong.

  3. DJ Octo July 3, 2011 at 9:13 am - Reply


    can’t say I agree with you on either of those points, as a former interviewee I found them both very humble and gracious. I don’t think either of them are gunning for a BBC Hard-Talk style Q&A – and imagine they were very grateful for having such a high ranking diplomat on their show.

    Greg’s right – either a spell checker or a talking Dict might help.

  4. Suphakorn July 31, 2011 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    I would like to propose a solution to improve us economicn by give the spared equipment and human resource in Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corp to the US allies countries under 10 years Turnkeys Rental program, the Allies will provide the budget to the US Equipment and human resource for 10 years operation in each country.

    This is Win/Win solution, we can reduce the cost and earn the money, The Allies get the equipment with maintenance and consultant to support their operation for 10 years.

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