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Are Laos’ Land-Linking Dreams a Risky Bet?
September 06, 2019

Are Laos’ Land-Linking Dreams a Risky Bet?

By Fabio Figiaconi
The Lao government aspires to gain centrality in the Greater Mekong Subregion via new infrastructure; but at what price?

Something Is Very Wrong on the Mekong River
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.
Scorched Earth Development in Northern Laos
May 23, 2019

Scorched Earth Development in Northern Laos

By Scott Ezell
A look at dam, Belt and Road, and SEZ projects in “the battery of Southeast Asia.”

Can the Land of a Million Elephants Survive the Belt and Road?
January 03, 2019

Can the Land of a Million Elephants Survive the Belt and Road?

By Kearrin Sims and Chrisantha Pinto
Chinese-funded projects in Laos could hasten the eradication of the elephant population.

Laos' Dam Disaster May Not Be Its Last
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.

Laos: Reform or Revolution
September 28, 2016

Laos: Reform or Revolution

By David Hutt
What is the likelihood that political change will come to Laos?

Can Laos Create a Startup Economy?
September 12, 2016

Can Laos Create a Startup Economy?

By Ai Vuong
Alongside the ASEAN summitry, a different group descended on Laos: angel investors.
Mekong River Commission Faces Radical Change
January 22, 2016

Mekong River Commission Faces Radical Change

By Luke Hunt
Donors have dropped their funding, forcing a radical restructuring.

Laos’ Killer Drunk Driving Problem
February 06, 2015

Laos’ Killer Drunk Driving Problem

By James Elton-Pym
Cheap alcohol and an absence of breathalyzers are playing havoc on the roads of Laos.

Laos’ Holiday Crackdown
January 06, 2015

Laos’ Holiday Crackdown

By Luke Hunt
The government chose the holiday season to crack down on its ethnic Hmong population.

The Growing Mekong Controversy
December 29, 2014

The Growing Mekong Controversy

By Tom Fawthrop
Mekong consultants have exposed serious flaws in the Don Sahong Dam project, which continues regardless.
Laos: From Guns to Headlamps
October 10, 2014

Laos: From Guns to Headlamps

By James Elton-Pym
A look at efforts to rescue the wildlife of Laos from the brink of extinction.

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