Kitti Prasirtsuk teaches international relations at the Faculty of Political Science and serves as Director at the Institute of East Asian Studies, Thammasat University. He was recently elected as a member of university council.
He is appointed as strategic committee to the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense. Kitti also serves as advisory committee for the Asia Center under the Japan Foundation, which promotes exchange between Japan and ASEAN.
Kitti received his B.A. from Thammasat, an M.A. from Keio University and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley (2001). His areas of interest include international relations in East and Southeast Asia, Japanese politics and foreign policy, and ASEAN.
His current research is on soft power in East Asia and Japan-Thailand local-to-local relations. His writings include “An Ally at the Crossroads: Thailand in the U.S. Alliance System” (Michael Wesley, ed. Global Allies, Canberra: ANU Press 2017); “Japan and ASEAN in East Asian Community-Building: Activating the Fukuda Doctrine” (Lam Peng Er, ed. Japan’s Relations with Southeast Asia, London: Routledge, 2012). He also wrote “From Political Reform and Economic Crisis to Coup D’etat inThailand” (Asian Survey, Nov/Dec 2007) and contributed Asian Survey’s yearend articles for Thailand in 2008, 2009, 2014, and 2015 respectively.
Kitti taught “International Relations in Southeast Asia” as a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and also had special lectures at Wesada University, Yonsei University, and Korea University. He also gave talks at ANU, University of Munich, and Baptist University of Hong Kong. Kitti is regularly invited to speak at various international symposia. He regularly gives lectures at the National Defense College (NDC), the King Prajadhipok’s Institute (KPI) and the Air Force Academy in Thailand.