The Mekong Matters for America/America Matters for the Mekong

by East-West Center in Washington and Stimson Center

Asia Matters for America

Publisher: Washington, DC: East-West Center
Publication Date: 2020
Binding: paper
Pages: 41
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This report explores the trade, investment, business, diplomacy, security, education,and people-to-people connections between the United States and the five countries of mainland Southeast Asia referred to as the Mekong region. 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.

This publication was produced in partnership with the Stimson Center Southeast Asia Program.