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A Touch of Populism and Austerity from Laos’ New PM
January 25, 2023

A Touch of Populism and Austerity from Laos’ New PM

By David Hutt
A month after his appointment, Sonexay Siphandone has given some indication of how he plans to tackle the country's severe economic challenges.

Is Laos’ Prime Minister On His Way Out?
December 28, 2022

Is Laos’ Prime Minister On His Way Out?

By David Hutt
Phankham Viphavanh, who took office in early 2021, may be on the way out -- hounded by scandal and a bad year for Laos’ economy.
‘Where is Sombath?’: After 10 Years, the Question Remains Hanging
December 15, 2022

‘Where is Sombath?’: After 10 Years, the Question Remains Hanging

By Sebastian Strangio
Despite a decade of calls from U.N. officials and human rights groups, there is still no word as to the ultimate fate of Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone.

What if the Communist Social Bargain Breaks Down in Laos?
December 02, 2022

What if the Communist Social Bargain Breaks Down in Laos?

By David Hutt
The economy is stagnant and discontent is on the rise. But don't bet on a mass uprising against the ruling communist party.

Are Laos’ New Railways a Solution to its Lack of Trade with the West?
November 02, 2022

Are Laos’ New Railways a Solution to its Lack of Trade with the West?

By David Hutt
Transport costs are not the only problem facing the country, but reducing them could help spur progress in other areas.

What Lies Ahead for Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam Trilateral Security Cooperation?
October 24, 2022

What Lies Ahead for Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam Trilateral Security Cooperation?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
A recent engagement between the three nations shone a spotlight on the intraregional security dynamics in mainland Southeast Asia.

Laos and ‘Xiplomacy’
October 13, 2022

Laos and ‘Xiplomacy’

By Sribala Subramanian
China’s leader has leveraged a boyhood connection into a blooming strategic partnership.
Navigating Socialism, Security, and China in Laos-Vietnam Relations
October 07, 2022

Navigating Socialism, Security, and China in Laos-Vietnam Relations

By To Minh Son
Laos is important to China, but it is indispensable to Vietnam and its long-term security.

Report Claims 700 Malaysians Held for Ransom in Lao SEZ
October 04, 2022

Report Claims 700 Malaysians Held for Ransom in Lao SEZ

By Sebastian Strangio
The report is just the latest case of alleged human trafficking to have emerged in the Mekong region over the past year.

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.

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