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Regaining Thailand: An Inevitable Challenge for US Policymakers

Regaining Thailand: An Inevitable Challenge for US Policymakers


This article focuses on the political situation in Thailand and the current state of U.S.-Thai relations. Due to the recent Thai military coup in 2014, the relationship between the United States and Thailand has deteriorated in various aspects to the ...

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The Myth of Sustainable Hydropower

The Myth of Sustainable Hydropower


Explorers, travelers and traders have long been enchanted by the magical vistas and extraordinary biodiversity of the Mekong flowing through six countries, from the mountains of Tibet to the delta in Vietnam. However the voracious demands of an energy-hungry region have ...

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“Welcome to Sayabouly – Land of Elephants & Dams”

“Welcome to Sayabouly – Land of Elephants & Dams”


Sayabouly[1] province, situated in Laos’ northwest, has long been considered something of a historical and geographical anomaly. For a start, it is the only Lao province that lies entirely on the western bank of the Mekong river with only a ...

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The Jinghong Mosque

Regional Roundup for Week of 3.7.16


EXSE FOCUS  China’s National People’s Congress: Key Points – NYT A look at the nation’s priorities for this year, and for the rest of the decade, shows an emphasis on economic pain and environmental troubles. Related: Advisory Body’s Delegates Offer Glimpse Into ...

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A Thai fisher with a fish caught from the Mekong River in Baan Muang, Nongkhai Province, February 2013. (Photo by TERRA.)

Regional Roundup for Week of 2.21.16


EXSE FOCUS Missiles Deployed on Disputed South China Sea Island, Officials Say-NYT The Pentagon has evidence that China has deployed surface-to-air missiles on one of the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, a U.S. official said. Taiwan’s Defense Ministry issued a ...

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Will China's AIIB-backed 'railway diplomacy' be enough to jumpstart Thailand's lagging economy?

Thailand bets on China-led AIIB to finance massive infrastructure needs


On January 26, Thailand's cabinet approved a budget of 52.82 billion baht (US$1.47 billion) to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Thailand will hold around a 1.43 percent share of the bank with payments beginning in five installments of ...

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