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Amid US Criticisms, China Offers Mekong Nations Access to Crucial River Data
October 23, 2020

Amid US Criticisms, China Offers Mekong Nations Access to Crucial River Data

By Sebastian Strangio
The move is a welcome development for downstream nations, but only underlines China's strategic hold over the crucial waterway.

The Last Farewell to the Mighty Mekong
September 02, 2020

The Last Farewell to the Mighty Mekong

By Tom Fawthrop
The shrinking Tonle Sap, the river's “beating heart,” is the latest wake-up call of the damage wrought by dams.
China, Southeast Asian Leaders Meet to Discuss the Mekong’s Plight
August 25, 2020

China, Southeast Asian Leaders Meet to Discuss the Mekong’s Plight

By Shannon Tiezzi
The Lancang-Mekong Cooperation leaders' meeting discussed the river's dire situation -- and also pushed for a new trade corridor.

China’s Control of the Mekong
May 08, 2020

China’s Control of the Mekong

By Philip Citowicki
Whether through its own dams or the financing and construction of dams in other countries, China is largely in the driver’s seat when it comes to the Mekong.

China’s ‘Development Approach’ to the Mekong Water Disputes
March 20, 2020

China’s ‘Development Approach’ to the Mekong Water Disputes

By Zhang Hongzhou
China’s solution to the Mekong’s problems is the same as its approach to most nontraditional security issues: increase development.

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.

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.

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.

Southeast Asia's Environmental Report Card
June 11, 2018

Southeast Asia's Environmental Report Card

By Gregory McCann
Grading the Southeast Asian states on their environmental efforts so far this year.

The Unfolding Mekong Development Disaster
April 01, 2018

The Unfolding Mekong Development Disaster

By Tom Fawthrop
How China’s grand strategy for the Mekong impacts the river, and the countries downstream.
Is Sustainable Development Along the Mekong Possible?
October 31, 2017

Is Sustainable Development Along the Mekong Possible?

By Linh Tong
Political realities -- starting with China -- make Mekong management difficult.

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