Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam are bound together and geographically defined by the Mekong River, which has historically provided a rich, natural bounty of fish, agricultural productivity, physical connectivity, and key environmental services to more than 60 million people living in the river basin. The Mekong’s importance has only grown as the region’s social, economic, and diplomatic ties export the river’s bounty to the rest of the world. As the region develops, urbanization, infrastructure development, and climate change—among other changes—are all impacting the river, its resources, and the millions who depend on the mighty Mekong.
Part of the East-West Center’s Asia Matters for America initiative, this publication and the AsiaMattersforAmerica.org website are resources for understanding the robust and dynamic US relationship with the Mekong region.
- Check out the report here: https://www.stimson.org/2020/the-mekong-matters-for-america-and-america-matters-for-the-mekong/
- Download the report here: https://www.stimson.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/MekongMatters-2020-FINAL-lowres.pdf