Opportunities and Challenges for the Greater Mekong Subregion: Building a Shared Vision of Our River

1st Edition

Charles S. Johnston, Xin Chen

February 19, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 192 Pages
ISBN 9780367441012 - CAT# 341505
Series: Routledge Studies on the Asia-Pacific Region

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The Mekong River is a vital and valuable resource, with huge development potential for the six states through which it flows. Given the significant asymmetry of power between those states, however, there is a real risk that some might utilise it to the detriment of others.

Without a sense of regional belonging, it is difficult to imagine that these states and their constituent communities will take regional imperatives to heart, participate in joint regulatory frameworks, or adopt behaviours for upstream-downstream and lateral cooperation over the appropriation and use of their shared resources. How effectively has closer interdependence of the Mekong countries accommodated the development of a political-social-cultural space conducive for the growth of a regional "we-ness" among not only political elites, but also the general public? The contributors to this volume approach this question from a range of directions, including the impacts of tourism, regional development programs, the Mekong Power Grid, and Sino-US rivalry.

This edited volume presents valuable insights for scholars of international relations, Asian studies, development studies, environment studies, policy studies, and human geography.

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