The Mekong River and Mekong Subregion Cooperation
Originating in China, the Mekong River snakes its way down through Myanmar, Laos, and Thailand, before entering Cambodia through Stung Treng province. It represents one of Cambodia’s most valuable national resources and is of vital importance to the kingdom’s delicate ecosystem and agricultural sector. It is of equal importance to the aforementioned nations through which the river flows (in addition to downstream Vietnam) and is therefore a source of both geopolitical cooperation and friction. It is at this intersection, and among the Mekong subregion’s alphabet soup of cooperation institutions, that author PICH Charadine, explores potential outcomes for Cambodia in her chapter, The Mekong River and Mekong Subregion Cooperation.
About the Author
PICH Chardine is currently the Deputy Director of the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace (CICP) in charge of Research, Publication, and Training; and concurrently serving as the Coordinator of the Global Center for Mekong Studies (GCMS-Cambodia Center, a Track II think tank network of LancangMekong Cooperation). She obtained her B.A. in Political Science and International Relations with High Honors from Zaman University (Cambodia) and holds an M.A. in International Politics (concentrated on political dialogue) with Merit from Keele University (United Kingdom). She was nominated to the 2019 U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) on ASEAN-Nations of the South China Sea – Sovereignty and Rules-based Order. She was also the Visiting Fellow at the China Institute for International Studies (CIIS) in 2018 and Visiting Scholar at China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU) in 2019. She has written on various issues concerning Cambodia’s political development and its subsequent foreign policy implications including SinoCambodia relations, ASEAN regional framework, and ASEAN-China partnership, and Mekong sub-regional cooperation, especially on Mekong-Lancang Cooperation.