Mekong Policy Project

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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 5, 2015 | EXPERT: Courtney Weatherby , EXPERT: Richard Cronin

This executive summary of the second Letters from the Mekong issue brief examines the current status of mitigation efforts at Laos’ Xayaburi and Don Sahong dam projects on the mainstream of the lower Mekong River. 

December 1, 2014 | EXPERT: Richard Cronin

When Stimson's Southeast Asia Program (SEAP) was created in July 2005, the Association of Southeast Asia (ASEAN) and Southeast Asia had already undergone several major geopolitical and financial-economic changes since its founding in 1967.

October 16, 2014 | EXPERT: Courtney Weatherby , EXPERT: Richard Cronin

The determination of Laos to go ahead with the construction of two mainstream dams on the Mekong River despite the strong objections of Vietnam and Cambodia is testing the strength and effectiveness of the Mekong River Commission (MRC), established to coordinate the environmentally sustainable and equitable development of the Lower Mekong.

October 8, 2014 | EXPERT: Courtney Weatherby

Pressure from governments and commercial developers to build dams on the mainstream of the Lower Mekong is increasingly threatening to marginalize the Mekong River Commission (MRC), which is the sole regional organization that addresses water governance and coordination.

October 8, 2014 | EXPERT: Courtney Weatherby , EXPERT: Richard Cronin

This issue brief, the first in a new series of “Letters from the Mekong,” discusses the current status of hydropower planning, development, cooperation and decision-making in the Mekong Basin.

September 4, 2014 | EXPERT: Richard Cronin

More than three dozen internationally respected scientists, development experts, civil society advocates and current and former officials concluded two and a half days of discussions last Saturday aimed at finding solutions to competing and mutually exclusive uses of one of Asia's most important water resources.

September 2, 2014

Scientists, Development Experts, Civil Society Advocates and Current and Former Officials Gather To Discuss Future Of River.

September 1, 2014 | EXPERT: Richard Cronin

Leaders from government, civil society and the private sector met for four days of discussions over new hydropower developments on the Mekong River that potentially threaten the food security and wellbeing of millions.

September 1, 2014 | EXPERT: Richard Cronin

On August 28 through 31, leaders from government, civil society and the private sector will meet to discuss how new hydropower developments on the Mekong River potentially threaten the food security and wellbeing of millions.

August 12, 2014 | EXPERT: Richard Cronin

On August 9, 2014, Secretary John Kerry and the Foreign Ministers of the Lower Mekong partner countries launched the LMI Eminent and Expert Persons Group at the LMI Ministerial Meeting. Director of the Southeast Asia Program at Stimson, Dr. Richard Cronin, was selected as one of two representatives for the United States.

July 11, 2014

To honor our 25th Anniversary year, Stimson would like to take the time to shine a light on the many influential donors who make our work possible.

October 3, 2013

Laos’ intention to build a cascade of up to nine mainstream dams on the Mekong River has posed a significant challenge to the future of the region’s cooperative development.

September 15, 2013 | EXPERT: Richard Cronin

Today, the Mekong River Basin is on the edge of a two-pronged calamity as a result of both the long-term and near-term actions of humans and governments.

July 16, 2013 | EXPERT: Brian Eyler

China needs to promote sustainable practices in the Mekong region, rather than simply shifting its carbon footprint downstream, argues Brian Eyler

March 22, 2013 | EXTERNAL: Chhith Sam Ath , EXTERNAL: Danny Marks

Since the beginning of 2011, the Rivers Coalition in Cambodia (RCC), led by the NGO Forum on Cambodia, has worked ceaselessly to demand the cancellation of Xayaburi Dam.
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