Mekong Policy Project

Southeast Asia

Mekong Policy Project

As a biodiversity hotspot that is home to more than 60 million people, the Lower Mekong River Basin plays a vital role as the region’s “rice bowl”, the world’s largest freshwater fishery and provider of livelihoods. Stimson interacts with a wide range of local and international NGOs, government departments, and academic institutions in addressing the Mekong’s regional role.

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Research and Analysis

July 25, 2017 | EXPERT: Brian Eyler , EXPERT: Courtney Weatherby

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 and opportunities that could lead to a trans

January 5, 2017 | EXPERT: Brian Eyler , EXPERT: Courtney Weatherby , EXPERT: Richard Cronin

By Brian Eyler, Courtney Weatherby, and Richard Cronin

November 8, 2016 | EXPERT: Brian Eyler , EXPERT: Courtney Weatherby , EXPERT: Richard Cronin

By Brian Eyler, Courtney Weatherby, and Richard Cronin:

October 12, 2016 | EXPERT: Brian Eyler , EXPERT: Courtney Weatherby , EXPERT: Richard Cronin

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 entire river is turned into a series of reservoirs.

January 28, 2016 | EXPERT: Brian Eyler

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

October 9, 2015 | EXPERT: Courtney Weatherby , EXPERT: Richard Cronin

This issue brief - the second in Stimson's "Letters from the Mekong" series - examines the current status of mitigation efforts at Laos' Xayaburi and Don Sahong dam projects and the relevance of the existing narrative surrounding hydropower development on the river's mainstream.
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