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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.
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.

In Laos, Prime Minister Phankham Viphavanh Is In Trouble
June 23, 2022

In Laos, Prime Minister Phankham Viphavanh Is In Trouble

By David Hutt
Since he took the reins last year, the country's economy has entered a downward economic spiral with no clear end in sight.

In Rare Three-Party Conclave, Vietnam Pushes Back Against Growing Chinese Influence
September 28, 2021

In Rare Three-Party Conclave, Vietnam Pushes Back Against Growing Chinese Influence

By Sebastian Strangio
Hanoi is becoming increasingly unnerved by the growing Chinese influence over its longstanding clients, Cambodia and Laos.

Laos’ Pointless Election
February 19, 2021

Laos’ Pointless Election

By Mu Sochua
The country votes in tightly-controlled elections this weekend – but don't expect anything much to change.

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.
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