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: jkurlantzickatcfr [dot] org

Joshua Kurlantzick is senior fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Kurlantzick was previously a scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he studied Southeast Asian politics and economics and China's relations with Southeast Asia, including Chinese investment, aid, and diplomacy. Previously, he was a fellow at the University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy and a fellow at the Pacific Council on International Policy. Kurlantzick has also served as a columnist for Time, a correspondent for the Economist based in Bangkok, a special correspondent for the New Republic, a senior correspondent for the American Prospect, and a contributing writer for Mother Jones. He also serves on the editorial board of Current History.