“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.

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.

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.

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.

Anthropology and the Lao hydropower industry

In the annals of anthropologists working in the Lao development industry, Jan Ovesen's 1993 study must be one of the earliest.

Don Chan: once were tomatoes

When world leaders gather in Laos to talk about issues facing the troubled globe they may not be aware that the buildings in which they are housed put at risk the food security of the city in which they are meeting.