Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Laos - COI

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Ian Baird 

Email: ibairdatwisc [dot] edu

Dr. Ian G. Baird is a Canadian, now Assistant Professor, Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has extensive experience working, living and conducting research in Laos and Thailand. He lived in both countries full-time between the mid-1980s and the mid-2000s. He speaks, reads and writes Lao and Thai fluently. He continues to travel to both countries regularly to conduct research. He also has extensive experience working with Lao and Hmong refugees from Laos living in the USA, Canada and France.

Karen Coates

Email: theramblingspoonatgmail [dot] com

Karen Coates is an author, journalist and media trainer who reports from Southeast Asia for publications around the world. She and her husband, photojournalist Jerry Redfern, have spent seven years researching and independently traveling in Laos to document the effects of unexploded ordnance (UXO) remaining since the US bombing campaign in the 1960s and 70s. Coates is a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University.

Joshua Kurlantzick

Email: jkurlantathotmail [dot] com

Joshua Kurlantzick is Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he studies Asian politics, rights, and economics. He also has done extensive work on asylum cases for nationals from Vietnam, Myanmar, the Philippines, Malaysia, Nepal, Thailand, China, Indonesia, and other Northeast, Southeast and South Asian nations. His work has included analyses of the political environment, judiciary, and state of political and civil rights in many South, Southeast, and Northeast Asian countries, as well as assessments of criminal syndicates and trafficking in these states. He has worked with more than ten U.K. firms and multiple U.S. firms on nearly thirty asylum cases. He is the author of five books on Southeast Asian politics, institutions, rights, and economics. Kurlantzick also has been a Visiting Scholar in the China program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a Fellow at the Pacific Council on International Policy, a Columnist for Time, a Special Correspondent for The New Republic, an Asian Correspondent for The Economist, and a Contributing Writer for Mother Jones, among other positions. He has twenty years of experience covering events in Asia, and writing about rights issues in Asia, for a range of periodicals including The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic Monthly, Rolling Stone, the London Review of Books, The Washington Monthly, The Washington Quarterly,  and Foreign Policy, among others.

 More information is available at: https://www.cfr.org/experts/joshua-kurlantzick