The Mekong river is seen from Thailand’s northeastern Loei province at the border with Laos during a drought in 2019. Photo: AFP The Mekong river is seen from Thailand’s northeastern Loei province at the border with Laos during a drought in 2019. Photo: AFP
The Mekong river is seen from Thailand’s northeastern Loei province at the border with Laos during a drought in 2019. Photo: AFP
Hoang Thi Ha
Opinion

Opinion

Hoang Thi Ha and Farah Nadine Seth

Why Asean needs to care about Mekong issues like it did with haze

  • Most maritime member states seem to think that issues affecting the river would best be addressed through existing subregional frameworks
  • But Asean’s centrality depends upon it representing all members’ concerns and interests, including the Mekong – even if geopolitics gets in the way

The Mekong river is seen from Thailand’s northeastern Loei province at the border with Laos during a drought in 2019. Photo: AFP The Mekong river is seen from Thailand’s northeastern Loei province at the border with Laos during a drought in 2019. Photo: AFP
The Mekong river is seen from Thailand’s northeastern Loei province at the border with Laos during a drought in 2019. Photo: AFP
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Hoang Thi Ha

Hoang Thi Ha

Hoang Thi Ha is the lead researcher on political-security affairs at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute’s Asean Studies Centre in Singapore

Farah Nadine Seth

Farah Nadine Seth

Farah Nadine Seth is Research Officer at the Asean Studies Centre, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute