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The Mekong River Commission: Does it work, and how does the Mekong Basin’s geography influence its effectiveness?

This article assesses the effectiveness of the Mekong River Commission, its impact on the policies of its members, Thailand, Lao PDR, Cambodia and Viet Nam, and their engagement with the Commission. It also seeks to account for China’s influence on their cooperation, as China, the strongest upstream riparian state, is not a member of this cooperation scheme for the Mekong River basin. This is achieved using a model for explaining regime effectiveness which rests on the two main variables of problem malignancy and problem-solving capacity. Furthermore, the level of engagement of the riparians is accounted for by mainly two geographical variables: position on the river (upstream/downstream), and size of fraction of territory within the basin. (Manuscript received February 10, 2007; accepted for publication July 4, 2007)

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Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
  • Irrigation and water management
  • Rivers and lakes
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Mekong
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The author has a Master’s Degree in political science from the University of Oslo. She has work experience from the environmental civil sector in Thailand, and was previously engaged as a researcher at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute in Norway, where she also held a scholarship during the last year of her Master Degree. She is currently working for the Norwegian Ministry of the Environment, Department of International Cooperation. The author may be contacted or via mail, Kirkeveien 114 C, 0361 Oslo, Norway.

Author (individual) Ellen Backer Bruzelius
Publisher Südostasien aktuell : journal of current Southeast Asian affairs,
Publication date 2007
Pagination 26
Keywords mekong river commission
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Date modified May 24, 2020, 14:31 (UTC)