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Lao Authorities Seize Another Huge Shipment of Methamphetamine
September 26, 2022

Lao Authorities Seize Another Huge Shipment of Methamphetamine

By Sebastian Strangio
The country's four largest meth seizures on record have come over the past 15 months – striking evidence of the scale of the recent Mekong drug production boom.

Ratings Agency Announces Pending Withdrawal of Rating for Laos
August 31, 2022

Ratings Agency Announces Pending Withdrawal of Rating for Laos

By Sebastian Strangio
The decision by the Fitch ratings agency testifies to the depth and unpredictability of the country's current economic crisis.
Why Vietnam Should be Worried About Laos’ Economic Crisis
July 22, 2022

Why Vietnam Should be Worried About Laos’ Economic Crisis

By Khang Vu
The country's travails could deepen China's influence and destabilize the longstanding alliance between Hanoi and Vientiane.

Inflation in Laos Reaches 22-Year High as Economic Crisis Worsens
July 06, 2022

Inflation in Laos Reaches 22-Year High as Economic Crisis Worsens

By Sebastian Strangio
Ordinary people are struggling to keep pace with precipitous increases in the price of petrol, cooking oil, and other basic necessities.

Laos Is On the Brink of Sovereign Bankruptcy
June 28, 2022

Laos Is On the Brink of Sovereign Bankruptcy

By Luke Hunt
Debt, wealth inequality, and corruption will keep the country poor.

In Laos, Prime Minister Phankham Viphavanh Is In Trouble
June 23, 2022

In Laos, Prime Minister Phankham Viphavanh Is In Trouble

By David Hutt
Since he took the reins last year, the country's economy has entered a downward economic spiral with no clear end in sight.

Fuel Shortages Threatens Rural Crisis in Laos
June 03, 2022

Fuel Shortages Threatens Rural Crisis in Laos

By Sebastian Strangio
A candid report in a sedate state-run newspaper hints at the seriousness of the country’s economic problems.
What’s Causing the Currency Crisis in Laos?
May 31, 2022

What’s Causing the Currency Crisis in Laos?

By James Guild
Mounting foreign liabilities and thin foreign exchange reserves have left the nation of 7 million acutely vulnerable to global financial shocks.

Lao Economy Grinding to a Halt as Fuel Crisis Deepens
May 11, 2022

Lao Economy Grinding to a Halt as Fuel Crisis Deepens

By Sebastian Strangio
A plummeting currency, dwindling foreign reserves, and a spike in global oil prices have led to shortages across the country.

Laos Pushes Forward With Seventh Mekong River Dam Project
April 29, 2022

Laos Pushes Forward With Seventh Mekong River Dam Project

By Sebastian Strangio
The Phou Ngoy dam is one of nine hydropower projects that the Lao government is planning on the mainstream of the Mekong River.

Golden Triangle Gambling Zone the World’s ‘Worst’ SEZ, Group Says
March 30, 2022

Golden Triangle Gambling Zone the World’s ‘Worst’ SEZ, Group Says

By Sebastian Strangio
The Golden Triangle SEZ has been credibly accused of involvement in human trafficking, narcotics smuggling, and the trade in endangered wildlife products.
Thai Government Releases Exiled Lao Democracy Activist on Bail
February 02, 2022

Thai Government Releases Exiled Lao Democracy Activist on Bail

By Sebastian Strangio
But Khoukham Keomanivong's arrest on the weekend was a sign of increasing risks facing foreign dissidents in Thailand.

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