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Tom Fawthrop

Tom Fawthrop

Tom Fawthrop, based in Southeast Asia, has been a regular contributor to the Guardian, Economist, South China Morning Post, and The Diplomat for many years.

He has been reporting from Phnom Penh, Manila, Chiang Mai, and Dili since the 1980s. He has also produced features for BBC and Al Jazeera TV.

A film-maker, he has directed documentaries including Killing the Mekong, Dam by Dam; The Last Undammed River (The Salween); and Swimming against the Tide (about the Cuban health system).

He is also co-author of the book Getting Away with Genocide? about the long struggle to bring about the Khmer Rouge Tribunal.

Posts by Tom Fawthrop
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November 26, 2019

Did Vietnam Just Doom the Mekong?

By Tom Fawthrop
A policy reversal on Mekong dams has put Hanoi’s credibility – and the river’s fate – on the line.
August 26, 2019

Something Is Very Wrong on the Mekong River

By Tom Fawthrop
This year's drought is just a preview of more dire problems to come if government don't change course.

March 11, 2019

Myanmar’s Myitsone Dam Dilemma

By Tom Fawthrop
As the unpopular project sits in limbo, the government has to choose between upsetting China and enraging its own people.

December 17, 2018

Sons of Revolution: Vietnam’s New Protest Movement

By Tom Fawthrop
Hanoi’s conservative leaders are increasingly haunted by Ho Chi Minh’s legacy.

August 02, 2018

Laos’ Dam Disaster May Not Be Its Last

By Tom Fawthrop
The cost-cutting and lack of oversight that led to the dam's collapse plague other hydropower projects across the country.
June 21, 2018

Vietnam Mass Protests Expose Hanoi’s China Dilemma

By Tom Fawthrop
The protests highlight the difficulties in embracing Chinese investment while defending Vietnamese independence.

July 17, 2017

Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge Tribunal: Mission Accomplished?

By Tom Fawthrop
It took 30 years of struggle to make the tribunal happen. Now a new battle begins to fairly judge its legacy.
May 31, 2017

Smuggling Away Myanmar’s Chance for Peace

By Tom Fawthrop
Jade smuggling is fueling ethnic conflict in resource-rich Kachin state.

January 28, 2017

China’s Myanmar Dam Hypocrisy

By Tom Fawthrop
China is preserving the ecology of the Nu River within its borders. Downstream in Myanmar, it's a different story.

November 28, 2016

Killing the Mekong, Dam by Dam

By Tom Fawthrop
Regional governments have been underestimating the environmental and economic costs of Mekong dams.

June 13, 2016

East Asia’s Last Undammed River

By Tom Fawthrop
The Salween is one of the last major rivers undammed along its entire course. Can it stay that way?
August 08, 2015

‘Drug Free’ ASEAN by 2015?

By Tom Fawthrop
There is a growing consensus within the region that the war on drugs has failed.

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