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Keyword: xayaburi dam

2011: The Year of the Southeast Asia Mini-Crisis

 The site of the proposed Xayaburi Dam in Laos on July 22, 2011. The dam was at the middle of one of several
Policy

2011 in Southeast Asia saw a number of micro-disputes that haven’t yet escalated into full-fledged conflict. Much of the current disagreement is based upon historical rivalries and domestic political insecurities, while weak governance in the region continues to be a source of worry.

Facing Limited Economic Options, Laos Turns to Dams

Pha That Luang monument, Laos. (Johan Kharabi)
Sustainability

Laos recently announced that it would like to begin construction on the $3.8 billion Thai-financed Xayaburi hydropower plant on the Mekong River by the end of this year. This is following a change in the design made to quell protests from neighboring countries. How can countries in Asia work together to ensure that major projects like this one do not do irreparable damage to river systems in the region? What is the best forum for cooperation?