The Heroes Behind Obama’s Historic Announcement in Laos

The Heroes Behind Obama’s Historic Announcement in Laos

 Fifty-two years ago, the United States began the secret bombing of Laos, a tiny country whose only crime was geographical. It bordered Vietnam, and the US military wanted to stop the movement of Vietnamese soldiers and supplies through Laos. Out of the sight of...

Hillary Clinton in Laos, Where Our Past Lies Buried

Cross-posted from Scramble for Africa. Let the world beware — Hillary Clinton is on the move. Presently she is cementing relationships with a number of governments in Africa, a continent that has taken on new importance for Washington in recent years. The people...
A Bomb-Free Future for Laos

A Bomb-Free Future for Laos

Today, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives in Laos, a stopover on her way to Cambodia to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum. The Secretary’s trip will remain relatively low-profile; after all, news from this small,...
The Curse of Cluster Bombs

The Curse of Cluster Bombs

Laos, a small landlocked country in Southeast Asia known as “the most bombed country on earth,” fittingly hosted an international disarmament conference in November 2010. This was a follow-up to an Oslo conference in 2008 when 94 nations signed the...

Dialogue on Laos and Vietnam

Ronald Bruce St John and Andrew Wells-Dang | December 28, 2006 Response from Ronald Bruce St John When comparing the Lao People’s Democratic Republic with the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, one is immediately struck by the socioeconomic differences separating...

Laos: Power Trumps Reform

There is broad agreement today that a market economy works well within a Western democratic system, but there is much less consensus over whether it can function effectively in an authoritarian state. The contemporary political economy of the Lao People’s...

Shafting the Vets

“War is hell,” Union General William Tecumseh Sherman famously said 14 years after the end of the bloodiest conflict in U.S. history. “It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for...