Civil society in the Mekong: What can we learn from environmental struggles?

As political space contracts, the role for informal networks or coalitions expands.

Going under? Belt and Road megaprojects and sovereign debt in Laos

Financial ruptures have flowed on from an aggressive dam-building spree in Laos.

Reshaping education and development: Learning from the Yru of Laos

The quest for “good citizens, disciplined, healthy, knowledgeable, highly-skilled with professionalism” may accidentally threaten multidimensional health.

Smiling to fight: Waiting out the pandemic in Laos

An important and unanswered question is the extent to which traditions of subsistence farming may still keep families afloat.

Looking Ahead: Laos in 2020 and beyond

Constraints on freedom of expression have expanded alongside dynamic economic growth in Laos over the past 12 months. Where will it lead?

Smallholder crop booms in mainland SEA

Destructive cycles of crop booms carve deep cracks in SEA societies, cultures and landscapes.

New Mandala’s most read in 2018

Revisit the 20 most popular articles published at New Mandala this year.

Lost in literature: the misuse of western sources and perspectives [Part III]

On the the misuse of western historical sources in the search for Suvarnabhumi.

VIDEO: Researching ‘rupture’

Videos of the Crawford School's 'Rupture' workshop

Introducing ‘Rupture: nature–society transformation in mainland Southeast Asia’

Studying structural reconfigurations of nature and society in the Mekong region and beyond.

The Lao dam collapse: a tragedy long in the making

International donors need to own up to their own roles in the ongoing Lao hydropower tragedy.

Perspectives on the Past at New Mandala

Welcoming the University of Sydney's Southeast Asian history bloggers to New Mandala.

Introducing the Association for Mainland Southeast Asia Scholars (AMSEAS)

New association "seeks to foster and facilitate opportunities for the advancement of research and knowledge relevant to Mainland Southeast Asia."

Old dominance, new dominoes in Southeast Asia

Democracy in the region finds itself in dark days. Can anything save it?

Lifting the shadows on a secret war

Hunter Marston reviews Josh Kurlantzick's newly published study of the CIA's covert military operations in Laos.

A great place to have a war

How America’s secret war in Laos gave rise to a military CIA.

The east is red

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

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.

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.