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Laos Seizes Record Meth Haul Amid Regional Production Boom
July 16, 2021

Laos Seizes Record Meth Haul Amid Regional Production Boom

By Sebastian Strangio
This week's 17 million tablet haul amounts to nearly the entire recorded seizures for last year.

New Highs in Narcotics From Myanmar Flooding Assam
June 22, 2021

New Highs in Narcotics From Myanmar Flooding Assam

By Rajeev Bhattacharya
Brown sugar, Heroin no 4 and Yaba top the narcotics flowing into India from Myanmar
Chinese Casino Magnate’s Empire Set to Expand in Laos
April 08, 2021

Chinese Casino Magnate’s Empire Set to Expand in Laos

By Sebastian Strangio
The businessman Zhao Wei has established close relationships to Laos's communist elite.

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.

Vietnam and the Mekong’s Synthetic Drug Epidemic
May 02, 2019

Vietnam and the Mekong’s Synthetic Drug Epidemic

By Hai Thanh Luong
Mainland Southeast Asia remains a hotspot for illegal drug manufacturing, and Vietnam is emerging as a transit hub.

What Next for Myanmar’s New Drug Strategy?
February 22, 2018

What Next for Myanmar’s New Drug Strategy?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Though a new policy signals a shift to a more comprehensive approach to the problem, the true test will be in its implementation.

What Does Myanmar’s 'Biggest Ever' Drug Bust Actually Mean?
January 19, 2018

What Does Myanmar’s 'Biggest Ever' Drug Bust Actually Mean?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Though the record seizure deserves mention, focus on such developments also obscures the massive scale of the problem.
China-Myanmar Security Operation Spotlights Big Drug Challenge
January 09, 2018

China-Myanmar Security Operation Spotlights Big Drug Challenge

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Though recent successes deserve mention, they also pale in comparison to both the magnitude and multidimensionality of the overall problem.

War, Drugs, and Peace: Afghanistan and Myanmar
September 14, 2017

War, Drugs, and Peace: Afghanistan and Myanmar

By Austin Bodetti
The illegal drug trade is sabotaging peace in Afghanistan and Myanmar alike.

Is Laos’ New Leader Really a Reformer?
April 26, 2017

Is Laos’ New Leader Really a Reformer?

By David Hutt
The answer is much more complicated than a surface glance might suggest.

Asia Is in the Grip of a Transnational Crime Crisis
December 10, 2016

Asia Is in the Grip of a Transnational Crime Crisis

By Roderic Broadhurst
Yet governments are looking the other way.
Beyond I Am Super Student: Cambodia’s Drug Problem
May 29, 2013

Beyond I Am Super Student: Cambodia’s Drug Problem

Cambodia is slowly coming to terms with a serious drug problem.

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