The U.S. bombing campaign and paramilitary support for anti-communist forces in Laos during the 1960s and 1970s took place almost entirely out of the public eye. The full scope of the conflict and its impact on Laos has only come to light after more than 30 years. Joshua Kurlantzick, Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations, joins the podcast to discuss his new book A Great Place to Have a War: America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA, which sheds light on the details of the secret war in Laos and describes how the war changed the culture of the U.S. intelligence community, primarily the Central Intelligence Agency.
Learn more about the book here.
Hosted by Will Colson. Audio edited by Ribka Gemilangsari. Written and produced by Jeffrey Bean.