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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.
‘Not Sufficient’: Thailand Rejects Report on Lao Hydropower Dam
January 26, 2021

‘Not Sufficient’: Thailand Rejects Report on Lao Hydropower Dam

By Sebastian Strangio
The Sanakham dam is one of seven mega-dams that the landlocked country is planning, in defiance of environmental and economic sense.

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.

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.

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.

Don’t Forget France in Laos
June 15, 2018

Don’t Forget France in Laos

By Tae-jun Kang
The former colonial power continues to retain influence in the Southeast Asian state.
Can ASEAN Save the Mekong River?
May 05, 2017

Can ASEAN Save the Mekong River?

By Luke Hunt
As discussions continue, the future of one of the world’s greatest rivers is as bleak as ever.

New Laos Dam Heightens Mekong Fears
November 11, 2016

New Laos Dam Heightens Mekong Fears

By Luke Hunt
A third mainstream dam raises the threat posed to the river's future.

Cambodia and Laos: Toward A New Era?
June 30, 2016

Cambodia and Laos: Toward A New Era?

By Luke Hunt
Recent signals suggest that there might be a new era of better ties between the two Southeast Asian states.

What a New Vietnam-Russia Deal Says About the Mekong’s Future
February 13, 2016

What a New Vietnam-Russia Deal Says About the Mekong’s Future

By Luke Hunt
A rather unusual business transaction shows how some Mekong countries are focusing on aquaculture with the river’s future in peril.
Is Laos Building a New Illegal Dam on the Mekong River?
October 27, 2015

Is Laos Building a New Illegal Dam on the Mekong River?

By Do Viet Cuong
A look at the legal issues surrounding the controversial Don Sahong hydropower project.

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