Are Laos’ Land-Linking Dreams a Risky Bet?

Are Laos’ Land-Linking Dreams a Risky Bet?

The Lao government is strongly pushing ahead with different projects to better connect the country to the main transport networks of the region and integrate it into global value chains. Laos’ landlocked position and natural topography has historically led to its isolation and been a serious obstacle for development. During the French period, the colonial authorities developed plans to “unblock” Laos’ economic potential by building a network of all-weather roads…

Danny Russel on Improving China’s Belt and Road and Japan-South Korea Tensions

Danny Russel on Improving China’s Belt and Road and Japan-South Korea Tensions

Danny Russel, vice president for International Security and Diplomacy at the Asia Society Policy Institute and a former U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asia and Pacific Affairs, joins The Diplomat‘s Ankit Panda (@nktpnd) to discuss China’s Belt and Road. Russel is the lead author on a recent Asia Society Policy Institute report on the Belt and Road. The podcast also covers what role the United States might play in…