Brian Eyler

Senior Fellow and Director

Southeast Asia

Brian Eyler is a Senior Fellow and Director of Stimson’s Southeast Asia program. Eyler is an expert on transboundary issues in the Mekong region and specializes in China’s economic cooperation with Southeast Asia. He has spent more than 15 years living and working in China and over the last ten years has conducted extensive research with stakeholders in the Mekong region, leading numerous study tours through China and mainland Southeast Asia. Before coming to the Stimson Center, he served as the Director of the IES Kunming Center at Yunnan University and as a consultant to the UNDP Lancang-Mekong Economic Cooperation program in Kunming, Yunnan province. He holds a MA from the University of California, San Diego and a BA from Bucknell University. Brian is the co-founder of the influential website EastBySoutheast.com. His first book, The Last Days of the Mighty Mekong was published by Zed Books in 2017.

Projects

A working group that forms partnerships throughout the United States and Southeast Asia to address issues related to unexploded ordnance, Agent Orange, and mine clearance in theater of the Vietnam War

Addressing the regional environmental and social impacts along the Mekong River to improve food security, stability and cross-country relations.

Resources for understanding the dynamic economic, social, environmental, and political impact of development in the Mekong region

We act to conserve the mighty Mekong’s ecosystem through system-scale planning methods and promoting the renewable energy revolution in mainland Southeast Asia.

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Mekong Mainstream Dams

Mainstream Mekong dams have been proven time after time to devastate the river’s fisheries and agricultural processes along its floodplain.

Commentary
Discussing China’s Dams on the Mekong

Ed note — This discussion between Yun Sun, Co-Director of the East Asia Program and Director of the China Program, and Brian Eyler, Director of the Southeast Asia Program, references the April, 2020 feature story, How China Turned Off the Tap on the M…

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The Mekong Matters for America and America Matters for the Mekong

This report explores the trade, investment, business, diplomacy, security, education, and people-to-people connections between the United States and the five countries of mainland Southeast Asia referred to as the Mekong region.

Op-Ed
Science Shows Chinese Dams Are Devastating the Mekong

Originally published in Foreign Policy.

Feature
New Evidence: How China Turned Off the Tap on the Mekong River

China’s dams held back so much water that they entirely prevented the Mekong’s annual monsoon-driven rise in river level.

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2020 Status of Lower Mekong Mainstream and Tributary Dams

More than 200 large dams planned, completed, or under construction in the lower Mekong Basin will deliver severe fragmentation to the river’s ecosystem and devastate downstream fisheries and agricultural practices.

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Kamphong Khleang village on the Tonle Sap, Cambodia comparison November 2017 to November 2019

This large fishing village along Southeast Asia’s largest lake in Cambodia should be underwater, instead its bone dry

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The Mekong is turning from brown to blue – and this is not good!

A crystal clear Mekong at this time of year is a sign that the mighty river system is reaching a point of no return

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Comparing drought to normal conditions on the Mekong River along the Thai/Lao Border

The Mekong’s banks should be flooding over, instead it has never been so dry.

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Brian Eyler cited in article about plans to convene the Mekong River Commission to address record low water levels throughout the once mighty Mekong waterway

Siem Reap, Cambodia – On Cambodia’s Tonle Sap, record low water levels have plunged fishing communities into crisis but with warnings of “severe drought”, there are concerns the situation will get even worse. “Every day we can only find about one…

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Earthquake Hits northern Laos. Can Surrounding Mekong Dams Survive the Shock?

27 Mekong dams lie within a 200km radius of Wednesday’s 6.1 earthquake in northern Laos

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Brian Eyler interviewed for an article about threats facing Southeast Asia’s largest lake

Southeast Asia’s biggest lake is in serious trouble. Drought, dam building and overfishing have brought the Tonle Sap to a tipping point. And as the lake goes, so goes the greater Mekong ecosystem. AILSA CHANG, HOST: Southeast Asia’s largest lake is un…

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Brian Eyler cited in article about the crisis facing Southeast Asia’s largest lake

In the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, where the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers meet, workers are putting the final touches on the grandstand for Bon Om Touk, the annual water festival which begins this weekend. It’s a huge party—the country pretty much sh…

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Brian Eyler cited in article about the severe fish shortage in the Tonle Sap lake

In the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, where the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers meet, workers are putting the final touches on the grandstand for Bon Om Touk, the annual water festival which begins this weekend. It’s a huge party—the country pretty much sh…

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The mighty Mekong at crisis point by Brian Eyler

Typically this time of the year in the Mekong Basin, the annual monsoon is beginning to taper off, the mighty river’s banks are spilling over and saturating the flood plain in Cambodia and Vietnam and the river is moving millions of tonnes of sediment…

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Brian Eyler cited in article about the thwarted attempts of Cambodian political opposition leaders to return home

Cambodia’s top opposition leader is vowing to keep a promise to return and lead demonstrations against the country’s long-time authoritarian leader after he was barred from boarding a flight to Southeast Asia. Sam Rainsy, self-exiled head of the now-ba…

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Brian Eyler cited in article about the solution to water conflict in the Mekong

The nature and magnitude of the conflict over the use of the Mekong River water source makes it liken to a second East Sea. But the problem is how to resolve those disputes? Late last October, the first hydroelectric dam in the lower Mekong – Xayaburi…

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Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake Recede Earlier than Normal

The Mekong’s mighty monsoon pulse is weakened by dams and drought and brings devastation to Southeast Asia’s great lake

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Tonle Sap Lake Finally Begins to Expand After Weakened Mekong Monsoon Pulse

A weak Tonle Sap expansion will lead to drastic reductions in fish catch and a possible food security crisis in the Mekong

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Brian Eyler cited in article on the particular threats facing Cambodia as Mekong River recedes to historic low

Phnom Penh, Cambodia – As world leaders meet in New York from Monday to discuss the global challenge of climate change, thousands of kilometres away people in Cambodia are grappling with dramatic changes to the country’s ecosystem, inclu…

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Kampong Khleang Fishing Village on Tonle Sap Still Shows Drought Conditions

A fishing village typically surrounded by water at this time of year sits dry, waiting for the Tonle Sap to flood

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Brian Eyler cited in article about the dire problems ahead for the Mekong river, signaled by the recent droughts

The Mekong is reeling from the combined onslaught of climate change, sand-mining, and incessant damming of the river, which combined to help cause the worst drought recorded in over 100 years in July. “This is the worst ecological disaster in history o…

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Don Sahong Dam nearly complete on Mekong in southern Laos

This 2nd Mekong mainstream dam in Laos has irrevocably altered the 4,000 Islands region, one of the Mekong’s and the world’s most pristine natural areas

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When will this year’s Tonle Sap reversal occur?

The Tonle Sap Lake must reverse to drive Mekong economies and the tens of millions living in the basin. This year drought severely delays the reversal for millions.

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Images of China’s Jinghong Dam Show No Signs of Relief to Downstream Mekong Countries

China claims it’s helping downstream Mekong countries, satellite imagery suggest China’s hurting those countries

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Brian Eyler cited in article on the dam-driven droughts causing record-breaking lows in the Mekong river’s water levels

Southeast Asia’s Mekong River has dropped to its lowest level in more than 100 years, and experts warn monsoon rains that have arrived two months late may not be enough to undo the damage. Food supplies for tens of millions of people are endangered. Fi…

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Brian Eyler cited in article about the drought that has caused the Mekong River to drop to its lowest level in 100 years

A SEVERE DROUGHT that has caused water levels in Southeast Asia’s Mekong River to drop to their lowest in more than 100 years could have devastating consequences for fish, as well as the tens of millions of people living and working along the rive…

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Xayabouri Dam and drought are exposing the Mekong riverbed downstream

Satellite images suggest testing operations on the Mekong’s newest mainstream dam is holding water and exposing downstream stretches on the Thai/Lao border

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China’s Mainstream Mekong Dams

Contrary to much media reporting, satellite imagery can confirm the completion of 11 mega-dams on China’s portion of the Mekong.

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Review of Brian Eyler’s ‘The Last Days of the Mighty Mekong ‘

‘The Last Days of the Mighty Mekong’ Review: A River’s Own Long Journey Some rivers are so still, so complacent, so dead that they leave the heart indifferent. Not the Mekong, the longest river in Southeast Asia. Fed by the melting snow and mountain st…

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Brian Eyler quoted in article about Laos’ Chinese-Funded Railway

In Laos, A Chinese-Funded Railway Sparks Hope For Growth — And Fears Of Debt In Southeast Asia’s only landlocked country, the Mekong River is a lifeline. From a slow boat heading up the river in Laos, you’ll see fishermen working in their boats, rivers…

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China’s Wunonglong Dam on the Upper Mekong Filling

China’s most recent upstream Mekong dam fills its reservoir and floods numerous upstream ethnic communities

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The End of Cizhong Village, NW Yunnan province, China

A Tibetan community once known for its cottage wine and tourism industry is taken over by dam resettlement on the Upper Mekong

Report
Letters from the Mekong: Toward a Sustainable Water-Energy-Food Future in Cambodia

the fifth issue brief in Stimson’s Letters from the Mekong series, which explores the vital role that Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake plays in the Mekong and identifies alternative pathways for development which can optimize trade-offs to the water-energy-food nexus. These alternative approaches include basinwide water-energy planning and a deeper incorporation of non-hydropower renewable energy sources into Cambodia’s future power mix.

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Brian Eyler quoted in article about a princess’s run to become the next prime minister of Thailand

A princess makes a surprising run to become Thailand’s next prime minister In a historic first for Thailand, a senior member of the royal family is running in a general election — a move that some suspect could increase the monarchy’s overall powe…

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UAE Energy Diplomacy: Exporting Renewable Energy to the Global South

Over the past decade, the United Arab Emirates has emerged as a global leader in renewable energy innovation. The UAE’s record-setting prices for utility scale solar caught the world by surprise in 2014 and continued to attract international admiration…

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Brian Eyler Interviwed on Solar on the Mekong

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Brian Eyler Quoted on Mekong Solar Power

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Brian Eyler Quoted on Mekong Governance

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Brian Eyler Quoted on MRC Summit

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Remarks
Brian Eyler Remarks at 3rd Mekong River Commission Summit’s Ministerial Meeting

Brian Eyler, Director of the Southeast Asia Program and Director of the Energy, Water, and Sustainability Program, spoke at the 3rd Mekong River Commissions Summit’s Ministerial Meeting. His statement was delivered alongside member government stat…

Interactive
Powering Up: Mekong Basin Connect

Countries in the Mekong Basin need a strategic, basin-wide approach to efficiently develop the basin’s water and energy resources in ways that protect the natural productivity of the river system. Otherwise, poorly coordinated hydropower planning on the Mekong mainstream and its tributaries will lead this resource rich region into a water and food security crisis.

Commentary
Field Notes — Tonle Sap Lake

Stimson Southeast Asia program director Brian Eyler recently visited Plov Tuok, a community of 800 floating homes atop of Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake — the largest lake in Southeast Asia and the world’s largest inland fishery. The visit was facilitated b…

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Brian Eyler Quoted on State of the Union

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Brian Eyler and Courtney Weatherby Op-Ed on Solar and Wind Energy in Mekong

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Brian Eyler Quoted on Rapid Decline in Tonle Sap

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Interactive
How Smart Water & Energy Planning Can Save the Mekong Delta

MEKONG DELTA UNDER THREAT Despite growing recognition of the serious impacts that upstream dams have on the Mekong Delta, Vietnam is still searching for an effective strategy to work with policy-makers in Laos and Cambodia to avoid the impacts from the…

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Brian Eyler Quoted on Vietnam Importing Electricity from Laos

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Brian Eyler quoted on China’s influence in Myanmar

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Brian Eyler quoted on Duerte, Trump, and Human Rights

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Stimson Report on Emerging Energy Trends in Mekong Subregion cited

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Courtney Weatherby and Brian Eyler on Solar and Wind in Mekong

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Op-ed by Sally Yozel, Brian Eyler, and Steen Christensen on Conserving SE Asia’s Seas

With a maritime territory three times the size of its landmass, the region is one of the world’s most bountiful and diverse maritime areas. The 10 Asean countries account for a quarter of the world’s fish production, and 20 million people depend on the…

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Op-Ed by Sally Yozell, Brian Eyler, and Steen Christensen on Conserving SE Asia’s Seas

The United Nations’ call to conserve and sustainably develop the oceans, as one of its Sustainable Development Goals, perhaps resonates most with Southeast Asia than in any other part of the world. With a maritime territory three times the size of its…

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Op-Ed by Sally Yozell, Brian Eyler, and Steen Christensen on Conserving SE Asia’s Seas

The United Nations’ call to conserve and sustainably develop the oceans perhaps resonates most with Southeast Asia than in any other part of the world. With a maritime territory three times the size of its landmass, the region is one of the world’s mos…

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Brian Eyler Quoted on alternative to hydro-power in Mekong

The sleepy town of Pak Beng, best known as a stopover for slow boats connecting the Laos-Thailand border to the ancient Lao capital of Luang Prabang, will be transformed later this year by the launch of a third major hydro-dam on the lower Mekong River…

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Letters from the Mekong: Mekong Power Shift – Emerging Trends in the GMS Power Sector

This issue brief, the fourth in Stimson’s “Letters from the Mekong” series, explores the shifting terrain for power sector development in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), analyzing hydropower within the context of a broader range of emerging factors…

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Stimson’s “Hun Sen’s Cambodia and the 2017 Commune Elections” event cited in The Phnom Penh Post

The mixed results of the June 4 commune elections may have allowed both major parties to save face, but the opposition’s large gains show it has a serious chance of winning next year’s national election – and that could attract violent backlash from th…

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Brian Eyler’s Question on Mekong Basin to Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc

At the Heritage Foundation’s event on U.S. – Vietnam relations, Viatnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc answered a question about the Mekong Basin submitted by Brian Eyler, Director of the Southeast Asia Program at the Stimson Center. View…

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Brian Eyler quoted in Forbes on US-Vietnam Trade Talks

When Vietnam’s prime minister visits the White House as early as next week, he will probably push for a free trade deal with the United States. That agreement would mean gold to Vietnam, where the fast-growing economy depends on shipments of…

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Brian Eyler quoted in Financial Times on China Infrastructure Initiatives

When Najib Razak visited Qinzhou in south-western China, the Malaysian prime minister crowed about the rapid pace of development at the Southeast Asia-focused port. -snip- But Brian Eyler, who analyses China-Southeast Asia relations at the St…

Impact
Generating Sustainable Energy Solutions in the Mekong River Basin

Stimson’s Mekong Basin Connect coalition is helping policymakers find sustainable energy solutions in the region.

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Brian Eyler quoted in Bangkok Post on Development in the Mekong

From the urban office worker to the village boatman, many people’s lives are changing — for better or for worse — with the growing influence of China in the Mekong region. This situation has produced…  -snip- “Public participation is an approa…

Commentary
Briefing: A Call for Strategic, Basin-wide Energy Planning in Laos

By Brian Eyler, Courtney Weatherby, and Richard Cronin The Stimson Center’s “Letters from the Mekong” series challenges the assumption that the current rapid pace of dam construction on the Mekong River will continue until the entire river is turned in…

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Brian Eyler quoted in Radio Free Asia on Water-Energy Planning in Laos

Farmers and fishermen in downstream countries are complaining about the impact of Mekong River dams located upstream in both China and Laos. But a think tank now has a plan to reduce the damage done to crops and fish stocks by hydroelectric dams. Its f…

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Courtney Weatherby and Brian Eyler cited in Voice of America Khmer on Laos plans for dams

WASHINGTON — Laos, the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia, plans to build more than a hundred hydropower dams on major tributaries and the mainstream of the Mekong River, aiming to become the “Battery of Southeast Asia”. Controversies surro…

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Brian Eyler quoted in Phnom Penh Post on China’s “drought relief”

The Mekong River Commission, in a missive posted on their website on Monday, credited China’s “emergency water release” from its Mekong dams with successfully helping to alleviate the drought in the Mekong River Basin earlier this year, a claim dispute…

Commentary
A Call for Basin-Wide Energy Plans

By Brian Eyler, Courtney Weatherby, and Richard Cronin: Preparatory work for the next big dam on the Mekong – Pak Beng – in northern Laos has begun. This news supports the widespread narrative that the current rapid pace of dam construction on the…

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Brian Eyler, Courtney Weatherby, and Richard Cronin op-ed in Bangkok Post on the call for Mekong basin-wide energy plans

Preparatory work for the next big dam on the Mekong — Pak Beng — in northern Laos has begun. This news supports the widespread narrative that the current rapid pace of dam construction on the Mekong River will continue until the entire river is…

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Brian Eyler quoted in Radio Free Asia on the Mekong River

Millions of people living along the Mekong River face a possibly irreversible depletion of key food supplies resulting from dam building and other diversions of its waters. Deforestation upstream along the riverbanks and poor land and water use practic…

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Brian Eyler cited in VF Press on the Mekong River Basin water resources

Located downstream of the Mekong River, Vietnam is the country most at risk from water use activities of the upstream countries, regardless of the target for hydropower or agricultural irrigation. When all the hydropower projects, a large water tr…

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Letters from the Mekong: A Call for Strategic Basin-Wide Energy Planning in Laos

This issue brief—the third in Stimson’s “Letters from the Mekong” series — continues to challenge the prevailing narrative that the current rapid pace of dam construction on the Mekong River in mainland Southeast Asia will continue until the…

Announcement
Brian Eyler Appointed Director of Stimson’s Southeast Asia Program

Brian Eyler has been appointed Director of the Southeast Asia program, the Stimson Center announced today. Eyler will lead the Center’s widening focus on the intersection of water, energy, food, and security issues in the Mekong basin and across the su…

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Rich Cronin, Brian Eyler and Courtney Weatherby quoted in Voice of America on Hydropower Dams and the Future of the Mekong River

From the snowy plateaus of Tibet to the mountain gorges of China’s Yunnan province and beyond to the jungled borders of Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and down to the plains of Cambodia and paddy fields of Vietnam – the Mekong River is of crucial importance t…

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Rich Cronin, Brian Eyler and Courtney Weatherby quoted in Radio Free Asia on the Future of the Mekong

Millions of people living along the Mekong River face a possibly irreversible depletion of key food supplies resulting from dam building and other diversions of its waters. -snip- “China’s construction of hydropower projects on the upper Mekong River…h…

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Brian Eyler quoted in Voice of America on China’s Economic Slowdown

The slowdown of the Chinese economy may have a bigger impact than Brexit on Southeast Asia, as many of its neighbors are reliant on trade with China for growth. And while many are feeling the impact of that slowdown, the region’s growing middle class i…

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Richard Cronin and Brian Eyler cited in Talk Vietnam on Climate Change and Water Management in Mekong Delta

How climate change and water management are becoming issues of national security in Vietnam and solutions for the country were the topic at a panel discussion held by the Stimson Center in Washington DC in late May. Attending the event were R…

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Brian Eyler quoted in The New York Times on China and Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia’s economic promise is emerging as a global growth driver after years of being overshadowed by the China story. At the heart of the Asean Economic Community, the region’s newly introduced single market, are three countries: Vietnam, the P…

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Brian Eyler quoted in ClimateWire on Vietnam hydropower and food security

Vietnam must wean itself off hydropower and U.S. funding to develop its power sector, energy experts said yesterday as President Obama began his three-day visit to the former U.S. enemy. -snip- “I’m worried that if the U.S. comes in and assists — and…

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Brian Eyler quoted in Vietnam Net on the Drought in Mekong

-snip-   Mr. Brian Eyler, Deputy Director of the Southeast Asia Program (Stimson Center, USA), said drought and salinity intrusion in the Mekong Delta is getting worse because of climate change and the operation of hydropower dams in China, Laos,…

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Brian Eyler quoted in Tuoi Tre on Climate Change in the Mekong

Ông Brian Eyler, phó giám đốc Chương trình Đông Nam Á (Trung tâm Stimson, Mỹ), cho rằng nhìn lại một năm, đặc biệt hai tuần qua, thấy hạn hán, xâm nhập mặn ở ĐBSCL thêm trầm trọng mà theo ông, ngoài vấn đề biến đổi khí hậu, các đập thủy điện ở Trung Qu…

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Brian Eyler quoted in Radio Free Asia on Dams in Laos

ປະເທດລາວ ຈະບໍ່ໄດ້ ປະໂຫຍດຫຍັງ ຈາກ ການສ້າງ ເຂື່ອນ ໄຟຟ້າ ອາດຈະໄດ້ ເງິນ ຈາກການຂາຍ ໄຟຟ້າ ແຕ່ ໃນຂນະ ດຽວກັນ ກໍສູນເສັຽ ຫຼາຍເທົ່າໆກັນ ຍ້ອນ ຜົນກະທົບ ຈາກ ການສ້າງເຂື່ອນ. ນັ້ນແມ່ນ ຜົນສລຸບ ການສຶກສາ ສຳຣວດ ຄັ້ງຫລ້າສຸດ ຂອງ ນັກ ຊ່ຽວຊານ ກ່ຽວກັບ ການສ້າງເຂື່ອນ ໃນເຂດ ອ່າງ ແ…

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Brian Eyler quoted in Science Magazine on droughts in the Mekong

The worst drought ever recorded in Vietnam is stoking fears of a food security crisis. In a meeting with government officials next week, researchers with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)’s Asia regional office in Hanoi will unve…

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Richard Cronin and Brian Eyler quoted in The Economist on The Mekong River

-snip- The Wunonglong dam will inundate Yanmen, a nearby village whose residents will be resettled on Cizhong’s rice paddies. And this means that, in a way, Cizhong, too, will vanish. Brian Eyler, deputy director of the South-East Asia programme at the…

Report
China needs to change its energy strategy in the Mekong region

China needs to promote sustainable practices in the Mekong region, rather than simply shifting its carbon footprint downstream. Read the full article here.  

Commentary
Analysis Of State Of The Union Address

Following last night’s State of the Union address — the last of Barack Obama’s presidency — experts from the nonpartisan Stimson Center analyze and provide context on the president’s remarks: Johan Bergenas, Director, Partnerships in Security…

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Brian Eyler quoted in Global Times on Cambodian projects

Chinese companies invest enormously in the Southeast Asian nation of Cambodia. They serve their own commercial interests, and at the same time help local economies grow. Yet a complex local political environment often makes their work difficult. How sh…

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Brian Eyler Quoted In Asia Sentinel On The Mekong River And Laos

In the Mekong River’s 4,800 km journey from the snow-capped mountains of Tibet to Vietnam delta, the Sipandon area in southern Laos stands out as a critical part of the river‘s ecosystem, blessed by raging waterfalls, picturesque islands and a small co…

Commentary
How Can China’s Neighbors Make Progress at APEC?

It’s somewhat surprising that the South China Sea is not on the agenda of this week’s APEC meeting given a majority of the world’s container trade passes through the disputed area. In order to re-establish some credibility and trust in the region, Chin…

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Brian Eyler’s co-written Op-ed in China File on APEC Summit

It’s somewhat surprising that the South China Sea is not on the agenda of this week’s APEC meeting given a majority of the world’s container trade passes through the disputed area. In order to re-establish some credibility and trust in the region, Chin…

Commentary
Solving Southeast Asia’s Drug Problem

The Obama administration has once again named Myanmar and Laos to its list of twenty-two countries determined to be major drug trafficking countries or major drug transit countries. The White House memo, issued on Monday, noted that Myanmar “faile…

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Brian Eyler’s Op-Ed in The Diplomat on Southeast Asia’s Drug Problem

The Obama administration has once again named Myanmar and Laos to its list of twenty-two countries determined to be major drug trafficking countries or major drug transit countries. The White House memo, issued on Monday, noted that Myanmar “faile…

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Brian Eyler interviewed in The Los Angeles Times on Laos

The Kings Romans Casino is an island of extravagance in the Laotian jungle, its corrugated green domes arching high above the treetops. Inside, hundreds of stone-faced gamblers hunch over baccarat tables, betting thousands of dollars a hand in heavy si…

Commentary
Brian Eyler Joins Stimson’s Southeast Asia Program

The Stimson Center announced today the appointment of Brian Eyler as Deputy Director for Stimson’s Southeast Asia program. Eyler’s expertise will complement Stimson’s vital work on the food-energy-water nexus in the Mekong basin, as well as strengthen…

Commentary
China’s new silk roads tie together three continents

China’s ‘new silk roads’ will have huge environmental consequences in Asia and Africa as giant infrastructure projects open up remote areas and build links reaching as far as Europe China recently unveiled an action plan for its controversial…

Commentary
China needs to change its energy strategy in the Mekong region

China needs to promote sustainable practices in the Mekong region, rather than simply shifting its carbon footprint downstream, argues Brian Eyler At the end of this year cars and container trucks loaded with goods from China and Thailand will finally…

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Brian Eyler quoted on Sustainable Energy in the Mekong

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