Laos Au Xxie Siecle, Le: Les Defis De L'integration Regionale
by Pholsena, Vatthana; Ruth Banomyong
About This Book
Laos is one of the poorest and least developed countries in Asia. The newly-declared socialist republic emerged from the ravages of the Vietnam War in 1979 to face not just the task of rebuilding the country, but also the task of finding its footing in the new world order. Twenty years on, what does the new century bring to Laos and her people? This book attempts to answer this question.
The authors begin by introducing the recent history of Laos and the effects of the three Indochina wars. They go on to examine the development and economic challenges that Laos faces today in the light of regional integration in Southeast Asia; how Laos can benefit from this region of high growth potential, and what the 21st century geopolitical implications of Laos' landlocked borders are. Other topics examined: Laos' ties with Vietnam and Thailand; its role in Asean and in the Greater Mekong Subregion; the economic realities of being an underdeveloped nation with a largely rural population; the impact of economic liberalisation, tourism, modernisation, emigration, and the integration of minority groups on Laotian society. With glossary, chronology, bibliography and index. In French.
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