Governments in Southeast Asia are using the threat of the coronavirus to consolidate power and impose draconian policies.
Representatives of all 10 ASEAN nations convened virtually this week for a special COVID-19 summit. Here’s how the region’s media covered the story.
New research shows that in 2019, Chinese dams on the Mekong River trapped nearly all of the river’s flow, causing the record-breaking drought that still plagues the region. The new findings confirm what natural resource advocates have said for years: that local experts and communities must have control over their water.
Governments must respond to COVID-19 by strengthening social protections and international cooperation, according to a new report by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
As COVID-19 will drive up poverty rates in ASEAN, affecting some countries more than others, experts are worried it could undo years of hard work.
The Laotian government lifted its ban on banana plantations last year but health and environmental problems caused by agricultural chemicals persist.
As droughts and flooding in the Mekong River basin become harsher and more frequent due to the effects of climate change, coal and hydropower may no longer be viable development paths for the region.
New Myanmar-China and Laos-Cambodia border agreements saw leaders exploit power dynamics to push national interests that risk exacerbating ethnic conflicts and political repression.
Unpredictable weather patterns pose new UXO threats to Laotians. To meet these threats, international governments will have to make changes in the current aid distribution model.
Corruption in Laos is getting worse. The country’s political structure creates an environment where corruption thrives. But conversation is sewing the seeds for change.