Who We Are


We must make the building of a free society once more an intellectual adventure, a deed of courage.


Friedrich August von Hayek, Nobel Prize in Economics (1974)

The Greater Mekong Research Center (“Mekong Research”) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization which provides research and training in law, economics and public policy. Comprising a global network of legal and economic scholars, Mekong Research works within the classical liberal tradition to promote economic development and human flourishing in the Greater Mekong region (Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, and southwestern China). With a primary focus on the transition economies, Mekong Research is committed to building the next generation of regional leaders in business, law and public administration.

Our Mission

We aim to become a premier think tank that raises awareness of classical liberal thought and disseminates research and analysis stemming from that tradition examining the major legal, economic, and public policy questions confronting the Greater Mekong Region today. With a primary focus on education and information dissemination, we also are committed to providing original high quality, independent research that provides innovative, practical solutions to advance individual liberty, limited governments, and free markets. We aim to accomplish this by:

  1. Promoting liberal values of individual freedom and personal responsibility, a free and open society, and a culture of tolerance;
  2. Organizing lectures, seminars, training workshops, conferences and competitions towards the furtherance of these goals;
  3. Increasing awareness and education of the public through popular and academic publications and the development of our "MEconBlog@MEkongResearch" as the premier online source for scholars, public policy professionals, and civil society organizations working in the areas of law, economics, and public policy;
  4. Engaging in strategic advocacy of policy recommendations to leaders in government, industry, and civil society; and
  5. Conducting high-quality research and encouraging scholarship in the domains of law, economics and public policy.
Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia,  Staffan Scherz , CC BY 2.0

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia, Staffan Scherz, CC BY 2.0

Rice field in Vietnam,  Christopher Michael , CC BY-NC 2.0

Rice field in Vietnam, Christopher Michael, CC BY-NC 2.0