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Golden Triangle Casino Baron Bankrolls New Mekong River Port
October 13, 2020

Golden Triangle Casino Baron Bankrolls New Mekong River Port

By Sebastian Strangio
The international cargo port will supercharge the smuggling routes linking Zhao Wei's casino empire to rebel-held zones in eastern Myanmar.

Laos Stumbles Under Rising Chinese Debt Burden
September 07, 2020

Laos Stumbles Under Rising Chinese Debt Burden

By Sebastian Strangio
Its economy battered by COVID-19, the nation's sovereign reserves have fallen to less than $1 billion, putting it on the brink of default.
An Uncertain Future for Laos
June 04, 2020

An Uncertain Future for Laos

By David Hutt
Laos’ quinquennial National Party Congress is coming up in 2021, but the prospects for meaningful change look slimmer and slimmer.

Who Will Save Luang Prabang?
March 04, 2020

Who Will Save Luang Prabang?

By Tom Fawthrop
The World Heritage site in Laos is endangered by mega-projects and Mekong dams.

China, Southeast Asia Hold Emergency Meeting on Coronavirus Outbreak
February 19, 2020

China, Southeast Asia Hold Emergency Meeting on Coronavirus Outbreak

By Associated Press
Foreign Minister Wang Yi will meet with his ASEAN counterparts in Laos amid alarm over the COVID-19 epidemic.

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.

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