Regan Kwan

Research Associate

Southeast Asia

Regan Kwan is a research associate with the Southeast Asia Program at the Stimson Center. His research focuses on the environmental and socioeconomic impact of development in the Greater Mekong Subregion. He manages the technical aspect of the Mekong Infrastructure Tracker project and leads the program’s data collection and management processes. Before joining the Stimson Center, he worked as a consultant and research assistant at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT). Regan also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco. He holds a MPP from the University of California, San Diego and a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles.


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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Finding time for data

An interview with Regan Kwan

Mekong Reservoirs in Yunnan Province, China

More than 100 reservoirs now hold water in China’s portion of the Upper Mekong.

Tutorial: How to Use the Mekong Infrastructure Tracker Dashboard

Walkthrough and video tutorial on how to use the dashboard

Tutorial: How to use the Mekong Infrastructure Impact Screener

Walkthrough and video tutorial on how to use the Project Impact Screener

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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