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Hillary Clinton Goes to Laos

Vientiane, capital of Laos, is one of the quietest cities I have ever been to, though it has more of a nightlife these days than it did when I first started going, in 1999, and the whole town...
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The True Face of Laos

The tiny country of Laos does not normally get much attention from policymakers or the international media, at least since the Vietnam War; but in Obama's first term, the administration put a...
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Hun Sen's Cambodia: A Review

Although the Vietnam War, including the "sideshow" war in Cambodia, has been the subject of thousands of books, post-war Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos have gotten relatively little treatment from...
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When Will Thaksin Return?

A spate of articles over the past week has highlighted the growing possibility that former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra will soon return to Thailand from exile. During a recent visit to Laos,...
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The Death of Vang Pao

Last week, Vang Pao, who led the Hmong forces in the "secret war" in Laos during the Vietnam conflict, passed away near his home in Fresno, California. Vang Pao was a complicated figure – a...

Joshua Kurlantzick

Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia

Former foreign correspondent and journalist covering Southeast Asia. Current research focuses on reinvigorating U.S. policy toward Southeast Asia; China's strategy toward Southeast Asia; Myanmar's transformation; and the growth of state capitalism, particularly in Asia. Author of Charm Offensive: How China's Soft Power is Transforming the World and Democracy in Retreat, and of numerous articles and briefs on Southeast Asia, China, and democratization in the developing world. Author of a forthcoming book on the growth of state capitalism.