Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts The Mekong River Basin: Challenges, Opportunities, and Roles for the United States

The Mekong River Basin: Challenges, Opportunities, and Roles for the United States

November 29, 2023 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm | Asia Program

About the Event

The Mekong River Basin is an important subregion in Southeast Asia ranging from the Tibetan Plateau in China to the southern tip of Vietnam. Urbanization and economic development have significantly impacted the river’s biodiversity and surrounding countries’ access to resources. 

What ecological crises are occurring in the Mekong River Basin? How are partners and players in the region responding? What can the United States do to credibly improve the Mekong River Basin?

Join FPRI and a panel of experts to discuss the ecological and geopolitical significance of the Mekong River Basin.

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Brian Eyler

Brian Eyler - Mr. Brian Eyler directs the Southeast Asia Program and the Energy, Water, and Sustainability Program.

Kei Koga

Kei Koga - Dr. Kei Koga is Associate Professor at the Public Policy and Global Affairs Program, School of Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

Apichai W. Shipper

Apichai W. Shipper - Apichai W. Shipper is an Adjunct Professor in the Asian Studies Program at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and the Asia Regional Chair at the Foreign Service Institute of the US Department of State.

Ryan Ashley

Ryan Ashley - Major Ryan Ashley (USAF) is a Fellow in the Asia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and an Air Force Intelligence Officer pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. His Ph.D. studies focus on the security relations between Japan and member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). ; Moderator