Josh Kurlantzik discusses America’s Secret War in Laos – a proxy conflict fought during the height of the war in Vietnam orchestrated by the US Central Intelligence Agency.

While the enormous devastation inflicted upon Laos during the war is now well-known, the nature of the CIA’s role has, until now, been a tale left largely untold. In this week’s Policy Forum Pod, Josh Kurlantzick discusses his new book ‘A Great Place to Have a War: America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA’, which draws upon extensive interviews and newly declassified CIA records to tell the tale of the Secret War. Listen here:

Josh Kurlantzick is a Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations, and was previously a scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

This Policy Forum Pod was produced in partnership with New Mandala – the leading website for analysis on Southeast Asia politics and society.

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