Celebrated for its natural beauty and its abundance of wildlife, the Mekong river runs thousands of miles through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Its basin is home to more than 70 million people and has for centuries been one of the world’s richest agricultural areas and a biodynamic wonder. Today, however, it is undergoing profound changes. Development policies, led by a rising China in particular, aim to interconnect the region and urbanize the inhabitants. In Last Days of the Mighty Mekong, Brian Eyler travels from the river’s headwaters in China to its delta in southern Vietnam to explore its modern evolution. Along the way he meets the region’s diverse peoples, from villagers to community leaders, politicians to policy makers. Through conversations with them he reveals the urgent struggle to save the Mekong and its unique ecosystem. Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA) invites you to a lecture by Brian Eyler about his seminal book.
Mon, March 18, 2019
12:00pm - 1:45pm
Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street NW
Room: Chung-wen Shih Conference Room, Suite 503
Washington, DC 20052