Laos

The Leaderboard: Sombath Somphone

Who is he? Sombath Somphone is a Lao agricultural and development economist and, in 1996, founded the nongovernmental organization PADETC, or the Participatory Development Training Center, which seeks to advance community education and training on sustainable development in Laos. In…

By the Numbers: Surveying Southeast Asia

Several surveys were released in recent weeks assessing aspects of governance, security, and quality of life worldwide, including Transparency International’s Corruptions Perception index, the Clean Air Asia Report, and the World Justice Project’s Rule of Law index. We have summarized…

By The Numbers: July 12, 2012

$50 million The amount of insurance coverage for protection and indemnity that Indian shipping companies will receive in transporting oil from Iran after a government approval Tuesday. Experts say the amount is only a small fraction of the amount actually…

Leaderboard: Bounkeut Sangsomsak

The Leaderboard profiles the people behind the policies of the Asia-Pacific. This post features H.E. Bounkeut Sangsomsak Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Who is he? Bounkeut Sangsomsak has been vice minister of foreign affairs…