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The east is red

Why Southeast Asia is now firmly in the grip of China.

Laos' new president Bounnhang Vorachit.  Photo: Reuters

A look at Laos’ future leaders

Who's who in the communist state's new leadership team.


Will Laos be a lousy ASEAN leader?

Many doubt whether this year’s chair of ASEAN is up to the job.


Forty years of Lao PDR: what’s next?

The double-edged sword of development, and promise of prosperity for Laos in 2016.


The silenced river

In northern Laos a new dam has major implications for local villagers.


Soccer wars in Southeast Asia

Football and nationalism in Thailand, Vietnam and Laos.

civil society

The decline of Lao civil society

While donors strive to build a more visible face for Lao civil society, they may be contributing more to the destruction of its foundations.

Red Shirts Saturday 3 April (13)

“Foreign influence” in Red Shirt demonstrations

Grant Evans analyses the role of Lao citizens who support Thailand's Red Shirt movement

Sombath Somphone.

What happened to Sombath Somphone?

The mystery of a missing Lao development worker highlights Southeast Asia’s record of enforced disappearances


Banning The Rocket

Gennie Gebhart reflects on the Lao government's ban on The Rocket.


The colonel from Savannakhet

Kong Le went from soldiering to politics, only to discover that he was no politician; being a patriot was not enough to save his country from itself.

Sombath Somphone at work

The Case of Sombath Somphone

Kearrin Sims writes about the ASEAN response to Sombath Somphone's disappearance in Laos


New Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge across the Mekong

Des Ball and Jessada Burinsuchat report on the new bridge between Thailand and Laos set to open in December 2013


Picturing Thailand’s highlanders

Olivier Evrard and Prasit Leepreecha showcase a remarkable collection of historical images from northern Thailand and beyond


North Koreans in northern Thailand

Des Ball and Colum Graham report on recent North Korean arrivals in northern Thailand, and help to explain the role of Thai security forces


Open letter on Sombath Somphone

Scholars in Australia write to Foreign Minister Bob Carr calling for further action on missing Lao activist Sombath Somphone.


Fiscal folly or essential infrastructure

Tristan Knowles, the Director of Economists at Large, examines the financial and economic implications of the Vientiane to Yunnan rail link.


Sombath Somphone’s disappearance

Sombath Somphone's disappearance is a great tragedy, not only for Sombath, his family, friends and colleagues but also for the Lao people and the country as a whole.

Naw Kham

Cross-border Shan: Naw Kham and Twet Nga Lu

Since modern borders were first established in the Mekong region, opportunists like Naw Kham have used them to pursue their own economic and political agendas.


Forced disappearance in Southeast Asia

Join members of the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific to mark the anniversary of Somchai Neelaphaijit’s disappearance through a discussion of forced disappearance in Southeast Asia.


Regional networks and the Shan rebellion

Letters seized by the French in northern Laos in 1902 cast light on the regional networks of the Shan rebellion.


Distressing developments in Laos

Unbothered by negative press coverage abroad, the response by Lao authorities has been to shut down dissent through harassment.

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Development looms on the Mekong

Proposed dam sets the stage for an uncertain future in Kok Wao village according to a Thailand-based research team.


Remaking the Nam Hinboun

Keith Barney examines comments on the Theun-Hinboun Dam by environmental consultant Murray Watson, who disappeared in Somalia in 2008.