Laos Opens Its Economy, but Little Else

Laos Opens Its Economy, but Little Else
Lao honor guards at Wattay International Airport, Vientiane, Laos, Nov. 4, 2012 (AP photo by Vincent Thian).

In this week’s Trend Lines podcast, WPR’s editor-in-chief, Judah Grunstein, and host Peter Dörrie discuss the changing definition of official development assistance, Burkina Faso’s security threats, and hawks and doves in the U.S. presidential campaign. For the Report, Bertil Lintner joins us to talk about the current situation in Laos in the run-up to U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to the communist Asian country in September.


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Relevant articles on WPR:

New Aid Rules Are an Opportunity to Bridge Security-Development Divide

After Attacks, Burkina Faso Walks Fine Line Between Security and Liberty
In U.S. Presidential Campaign, Hawk and Dove Have New Meaning
Laos Is Open for Business, but on Its Own Terms

Trend Lines is produced, edited and hosted by Peter Dörrie, a freelance journalist and analyst focusing on security and resource politics in Africa. You can follow him on Twitter at @peterdoerrie.

Additional audio credits:

Center for Strategic & International Studies – The Banyan Tree Leadership Forum with Ben Rhodes
LNTV English – Lao NEWS on LNTV: The value of Lao mineral exports increases substantially

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