Countries claim superlative leadership on climate action.
Tens of thousands of export products that are not yet ready if carbon taxes are imposed by the US and other countries.
As Thailand’s economy cracks under COVID-19, land ownership and access are key to many communities’ ability to ride out the crisis.
Myanmar’s land laws are a hodgepodge of disparate and often conflicting regulations introduced by previous ruling regimes.
Experts point to a thoroughly flawed environmental impact assessment, a history of failed structural approaches and the need for new way forward.
If the project is approved, they believe a large area of pristine forest will be the first casualty.
But how much has Myanmar really learned about China, about its interests in Myanmar, its geopolitical game plan, its economic goals, etc.?
In Laos, the push for hydropower near the ancient capital of Luang Prabang shows that plans to dam the Mekong River basin are already going awry.
The Chinese seek to exert influence that would undermine best practices and principles while the US emphasizes sovereignty, transparency and good governance.