Laos in 2007 unveiled new infrastructure linking the landlocked country with its neighbors. Just as Laos seeks to exploit its ample natural riches, so the country reinvents its sense of regional integration. Willy-nilly, such late-arriving globalization also brings the still largely isolated communist state under increasing international attention on a range of governance and human rights issues.
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Errata: In the September/October 2016 issue (volume 56 number 5, pages 836 and 849), there was a technical printing error in Figures 1b and 2 of the article by Ajay Raina that resulted in a loss of data on the graphs. This online article contains the restored figures in their original, correct state. The error is regretted.