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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1. Introduction: Economic Growth and Community Construction at the Greater Mekong Subregion (Xin Chen and Charles Samuel Johnston)
2. Constructing a region (the GMS) out of a river (Nicholas Tarling)
3. 100% Pure Mekong: The Key to Identity, Development and Tourism in the GMS? (Charles Samuel Johnston)
4. Developmental change in the GMS: Economic growth yes, community construction? (Kenneth Jackson)
5. The Sino-American Strategic Rivalry in the Mekong Development (Dinar Swastiningtyas Theosa)
6. Regional Cooperation through the Greater Mekong Subregion Program: Focus on Hydropower Development and the Mekong Power Grid (Nayeon Shin, Seungho Lee and Ilpyo Hong)
7. Vietnam Mekong River Delta: A Regional Connection Perspective (Bui Quang Binh)
8. Participatory Water Governance and Impact Assessment: A Case Study of Hua Na Irrigation Project in Northeast Thailand (Kanokwan Manorom)
9. China and the Mekong: Domestic Hydro Politics (Xin Chen)