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.


Research and Analysis

March 12, 2013 | EXPERT: Richard Cronin

The government of Laos took many observers by surprise when it abruptly announced its decision in November 2012 to go ahead with the highly controversial Xayaburi dam project on the Mekong mainstream in northern Laos.

August 9, 2012

The World Bank has blacklisted the Pöyry Group, which has faced criticism on its research into the Xayaburi hydro dam project.

April 19, 2012

Stimson's Southeast Asia program was delighted to bring together a diverse group of experts to discuss its recent report, Mekong Turning Point:  Shared River for a Shared Future and broader issues concerning the construction of hydropower dams on the Mekong

April 19, 2012

By Richard Cronin - Two decades after the Paris Peace Accord that ended the proxy war in Cambodia, the Mekong Basin has re-emerged as a region of global significance.

April 4, 2012 | EXTERNAL: Chheang Vannarith

By Chheang Vannarith, Executive Director Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace (CICP)  

March 28, 2012

China and the Geopolitics of the Mekong River Basin Part I

March 23, 2012 | EXPERT: Richard Cronin

Editor's note: This is the second of a two-part series on China’s geopolitical interests in the Mekong River Basin.

March 22, 2012 | EXPERT: Richard Cronin

Editor's note: This is the first of a two-part series on China’s geopolitical interests in the Mekong River Basin.

February 6, 2012

By Richard Cronin - The political economy of the Mekong River Basin shifted in 2011 from policies that exploited this transboundary resource shared by China and five Southeast Asian countries, to potentially more cooperative and sustainable

December 8, 2011 | EXTERNAL: Dao Trong Tu

A short discussion on the hydropower dam system on the Mekong River mainstream and its impacts to Mekong delta By Dao Trong Tu. Ph. D CEWAREC- Vietnam

December 6, 2011 | EXPERT: Richard Cronin

The Economic Ministers from the four member countries of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) - Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam - are meeting this week in Siem Reap, Cambodia, for a second attempt at resolving concerns about a large dam that Laos wants to build across the mainstream of the Mek

September 21, 2011 | EXTERNAL: Teerapong Pomun

The Mekong River is very important for millions of local communi

June 28, 2011 | EXPERT: Richard Cronin

In no part of the world are the tensions between the transboundary impacts of globalization and national borders, and between development and the environment, more evident than in the 795,000-square-kilometer basin drained by the Mekong River and its tributaries.
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