A survey of political and economic developments in Laos during 1967. Neutralist Prince Souvanna Phouma renewed his attempts to promote national integration and cohesion through economic development, education, and administrative measures. As in previous years, the U.S. foreign aid program provided funds for the struggle against the Pathet Lao, resettlement of refugees, and economic development. No striking change occurred in the military situation during 1967. The Pathet Lao and their North Vietnamese sponsors continued to hold almost half of Laos, but they controlled no more than 20 percent of the total population. Statements of Pathet Lao and North Vietnamese prisoners and defectors confirm that the North Vietnamese have come to play an important role in maintaining a high level of insurgency in Laos.
This report is part of the RAND Corporation Paper series. The paper was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 2003 that captured speeches, memorials, and derivative research, usually prepared on authors' own time and meant to be the scholarly or scientific contribution of individual authors to their professional fields. Papers were less formal than reports and did not require rigorous peer review.
This document and trademark(s) contained herein are protected by law. This representation of RAND intellectual property is provided for noncommercial use only. Unauthorized posting of this publication online is prohibited; linking directly to this product page is encouraged. Permission is required from RAND to reproduce, or reuse in another form, any of its research documents for commercial purposes. For information on reprint and reuse permissions, please visit www.rand.org/pubs/permissions.
The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.