Mekong Basin

Asia and the Pacific

Stimson works in the Mekong basin to analyze and develop smarter approaches to hydropower development.

Current Research

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. READ MORE

April 4, 2018 | EXPERT: Brian Eyler

Brian Eyler, Director of the Southeast Asia Program and Director of the Energy, Water, and Sustainability Program, spoke at the 3rd Mekong River Commissions Summit's Ministerial Meeting. READ MORE

February 20, 2018 | EXPERT: Brian Eyler , EXPERT: Courtney Weatherby

Countries in the Mekong Basin need a strategic, basin-wide approach to efficiently develop the basin’s water and energy resources in ways that protect the natural productivity of the river system. READ MORE

January 31, 2018 | EXPERT: Brian Eyler

Stimson Southeast Asia program director Brian Eyler recently visited Plov Tuok, a community of 800 floating homes atop of Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake — the largest lake in Southeast Asia and the world's largest inland fishery. READ MORE

December 22, 2017 | EXPERT: Brian Eyler , EXPERT: Courtney Weatherby

MEKONG DELTA UNDER THREAT READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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

By Brian Eyler, Courtney Weatherby, and Richard Cronin READ MORE

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

By Brian Eyler, Courtney Weatherby, and Richard Cronin: READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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.   READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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