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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

February 27, 2019 | EXPERT: Brian Eyler , EXPERT: Courtney Weatherby

Stimson’s Southeast Asia Program is pleased to share 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 th

April 24, 2018 | EXPERT: James Borton

By James Borton In early April 2016, fishermen in Vietnam began noticing something alarming: Dead fish were washing up on the shores of several provinces. Days turned into weeks, and the dead tuna and mackerel kept coming, joined by clams and even one whale.

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.

September 17, 2015 | EXPERT: Brian Eyler

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.

July 1, 2015 | EXPERT: Richard Cronin

Senior Associate Richard Cronin discuses Stimson’s work in the Lower Mekong Basin in Southeast Asia. There are highly contested plans over the construction of up to eleven hydropower dams on the lower half of Mekong River.

June 18, 2015 | EXPERT: Brian Eyler

The Stimson Center announced today the appointment of Brian Eyler as Deputy Director for Stimson's Southeast Asia program.

March 25, 2015 | EXPERT: Richard Cronin

Last year, Laos announced it would go ahead with the second of two massive, controversial dams on the Lower Mekong River, over the strong objections of its downstream neighbors, Vietnam and Cambodia.

March 12, 2015 | EXPERT: Courtney Weatherby

Courtney Weatherby, Research Associate, along with Richard Cronin, Director of the Southeast Asia program, were recently given rare access to dams being built in Laos to examine their potential impact on food security in the region.

February 27, 2015 | EXPERT: Courtney Weatherby

This is the second in a two-part series of Spotlights documenting Stimson Research Associate Courtney Weatherby’s travel to the Mekong River basin in Southeast Asia.
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