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‘Not Sufficient’: Thailand Rejects Report on Lao Hydropower Dam
January 26, 2021

‘Not Sufficient’: Thailand Rejects Report on Lao Hydropower Dam

By Sebastian Strangio
The Sanakham dam is one of seven mega-dams that the landlocked country is planning, in defiance of environmental and economic sense.

In Laos, Reform Hopes Peter Out Into Business as Usual
January 18, 2021

In Laos, Reform Hopes Peter Out Into Business as Usual

By David Hutt
The Lao communist party's newly selected General Secretary Thongloun Sisoulith once promised change. Now he sits atop a closed and sclerotic system.
In the Face of Criticism, Laos Pushes Ahead With Four Mekong Dams
January 14, 2021

In the Face of Criticism, Laos Pushes Ahead With Four Mekong Dams

By Luke Hunt
But costs and competition could leave the putative "battery of Southeast Asia" running on empty.

Hydropower vs Heritage: Will Laos Lose Luang Prabang?
December 23, 2020

Hydropower vs Heritage: Will Laos Lose Luang Prabang?

By Tom Fawthrop
Another Mekong dam project threatens to cost the former royal capital its UNESCO World Heritage status.

Vietnam’s Sole Military Ally
December 21, 2020

Vietnam’s Sole Military Ally

By Khang Vu
The country's longstanding ties with its neighbor Laos constitute an alliance in everything but name.

How Much Should We Worry About Laos’ Debt?
December 21, 2020

How Much Should We Worry About Laos’ Debt?

By David Hutt
Laos has several options for dealing with its debt crisis, and none of them are palatable.

Eight Years, and Still No Answers on Lao Activist’s Disappearance
December 16, 2020

Eight Years, and Still No Answers on Lao Activist’s Disappearance

By Sebastian Strangio
Sombath Somphone's 2012 abduction heralded an alarming trend of "disappearances" in mainland Southeast Asian countries.
Thai Official Warns Laos on Power Purchases from Controversial Dam
November 27, 2020

Thai Official Warns Laos on Power Purchases from Controversial Dam

By Sebastian Strangio
The Thai concerns about the Sanakham dam come amid growing recognition of the dire state of the Mekong.

Vietnam Is Losing Its Best Friends to China
November 02, 2020

Vietnam Is Losing Its Best Friends to China

By Derek Grossman
Over the past few years, China's economic gravity has begun to pull Cambodia and Laos out of Vietnam's orbit.

Laos Opens Fast-Track Service for Chinese Travelers
October 30, 2020

Laos Opens Fast-Track Service for Chinese Travelers

By Sebastian Strangio
The announcement is a sign that China will play a central role in Southeast Asia's recovery from the economic downturn of COVID-19.

Could ASEAN Really Cut Laos and Cambodia Loose?
October 29, 2020

Could ASEAN Really Cut Laos and Cambodia Loose?

By Sebastian Strangio
The suggestion by a retired Singaporean diplomat has made waves among Southeast Asia watchers – but is it likely to happen?
Thai Protests Inspire Online Calls for Change Next Door in Laos
October 22, 2020

Thai Protests Inspire Online Calls for Change Next Door in Laos

By Sebastian Strangio
Thailand's social media-driven demonstrations have resonated on the far side of the Mekong River.

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