Laos

THE DIPLOMAT
The Only Way to End Corruption in Laos
July 10, 2019
A true elimination of the problem will only come with broader political change in the country.

ASIA TIMES
Lao dam disaster points to Communist Party failings
July 25, 2018
Collapse of Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy Dam may have killed hundreds while exposing the poor governance and endemic corruption under hidebound communist rule

THE DIPLOMAT
How Worried Should Laos Be About Its Debt Problems?
July 13, 2018
The issue poses significant challenges for the Southeast Asian state’s future trajectory.

THE DIPLOMAT
Beware the Destruction of Civil Society in Laos
January 30, 2018
A look at a worrying aspect of the country’s deteriorating human rights situation.

ASIA TIMES
China’s aid a matter of life and death for Laos
December 12, 2017
Laos aims to implement universal health care to shore up its grass roots legitimacy, but needs Beijing’s assistance to deliver the medical goods

ASIA TIMES
Heavy debt load in Laos
November 04, 2017
Slowing economic growth and mounting financial obligations have the communist country’s foreign debt distress risk running on high

ASIA TIMES
Are Chinese nationals being targeted in Laos?
July 15, 2017
Beijing’s issuance of a security alert for its nationals residing or traveling in the Southeast Asian nation underlines a recent spate of attacks on its citizens

ASIA TIMES
Laos is a key link for China’s Obor ambitions
July 15, 2017
But is the land-locked, communist-run country getting cold feet about over-reliance on Beijing for its economic future?

THE DIPLOMAT
Is Laos’ New Leader Really a Reformer?
April 12, 2017
The answer is much more complicated than a surface glance might suggest.

ASIA TIMES
Laos tackles its drug problem
April 18, 2017
Premier Thongloun Sisoulith’s anti-narcotics drive has netted several alleged ‘big fish’, but official complicity in the illicit trade will be harder to uproot

ASIA TIMES
Little Laos tackles big corruption
February 16, 2017
Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith’s anti-graft drive aims to restore public confidence in communist rule amid reports of rampant misconduct

OZY
That Time I Got Arrested in Laos
December 09, 2016
When the business end of an AK-47 is pointed at you, the invitation of a lift back to your hotel cannot be turned down

SOUTHEAST ASIA GLOBE
Asean summit provides platform for Laos’ revamped foreign policy
October 4, 2016
The recent Asean Summit held in the Lao capital of Vientiane provided a perfect opportunity for the country to start carving out a more independent foreign policy

THE DIPLOMAT
Laos: Reform or Revolution
September 28, 2016
What is the likelihood that political change will come to Laos?

SOUTHEAST ASIA GLOBE
Absolute power
June 4, 2015
Geopolitical tensions over Laos are on the rise, particularly given its unflinching approach to the construction of dams on the Mekong River

SOUTHEAST ASIA GLOBE
Farewell to arms
February 13, 2015
For more than four decades, sections of the Hmong community have been in conflict with the Lao government, but is the resistance all but over?

SOUTHEAST ASIA GLOBE
Behind the curtain
January 14, 2015
A recent World Bank report found that doing business in Laos is becoming easier. But has real progress been made on the ground or is the all-powerful communist party simply paying lip service to the major financial institutions?

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