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Laos Grants 25-Year Power Grid Concession to Chinese-Majority Firm
March 17, 2021

Laos Grants 25-Year Power Grid Concession to Chinese-Majority Firm

By Sebastian Strangio
The deal will deepen China's involvement in the Lao government's goal of transforming itself into the "battery of Southeast Asia."

UNESCO Calls for Heritage Assessment for Lao Hydropower Dam
March 04, 2021

UNESCO Calls for Heritage Assessment for Lao Hydropower Dam

By Sebastian Strangio
The U.N.'s cultural agency fears that the project might endanger the World Heritage-listed town of Luang Prabang.
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.

In the Face of Criticism, Laos Pushes Ahead With Four Mekong Dams
January 14, 2021

In the Face of Criticism, Laos Pushes Ahead With Four Mekong Dams

By Luke Hunt
But costs and competition could leave the putative "battery of Southeast Asia" running on empty.

Hydropower vs Heritage: Will Laos Lose Luang Prabang?
December 23, 2020

Hydropower vs Heritage: Will Laos Lose Luang Prabang?

By Tom Fawthrop
Another Mekong dam project threatens to cost the former royal capital its UNESCO World Heritage status.

Thai Official Warns Laos on Power Purchases from Controversial Dam
November 27, 2020

Thai Official Warns Laos on Power Purchases from Controversial Dam

By Sebastian Strangio
The Thai concerns about the Sanakham dam come amid growing recognition of the dire state of the Mekong.

Did Vietnam Just Doom the Mekong?
November 26, 2019

Did Vietnam Just Doom the Mekong?

By Tom Fawthrop
A policy reversal on Mekong dams has put Hanoi’s credibility – and the river’s fate – on the line.
People’s Power: Anti-Dam Movements in Southeast Asia
November 08, 2019

People’s Power: Anti-Dam Movements in Southeast Asia

By Wora Suk
Communities in Thailand and beyond are learning to organize to demand that dam construction consider their rights.

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.”

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.

China and Laos' Dam Disaster
August 02, 2018

China and Laos' Dam Disaster

By Shannon Tiezzi
There are strong political motives behind China's fast response.
Laos Dam Collapse Brings Flood of Questions
July 31, 2018

Laos Dam Collapse Brings Flood of Questions

By Luke Hunt
Incident raises serious questions about the government’s approach.

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