Increased ties with Japan indicate Cambodia’s desire to diversify strategic partnerships in the region. Can Hun Sen succeed without angering Beijing?
In the face of growing opposition, Hun Sen needs to deal with the challenge of a politicised population. But he may not choose the democratic route.
Hun Sen lifted the travel ban on Sam Rainsy but his return may not be a blessing for the CNRP.
The Thai-Cambodia border is teeming with arms smugglers. The Thai media accuses the Cambodian Defense Ministry of their direct involvement in weapons smuggling. But the Thai military’s involvement also needs questioning.
Cambodia’s position at the geographical heart of Southeast Asia makes it an attractive base for criminals and militants. Hun Sen says he is standing up to illicit activity.
Forty years ago Henry Kissinger ordered a bombing campaign which tore apart Cambodia’s rural villages. Washington now wants a post-war loan paid back and quietly ignores the half a million people killed by US bombs. Hun Sen has sent them a stern reminder of the price his country already paid.
Hun Sen’s government plagues the trials of surviving Khmer Rouge members and few are brought to justice for their horrific crimes.
Dam construction in Laos has an enormous detrimental impact on the Mekong river, and the people who depend on it for their livelihood in Vietnam and Cambodia. Laos is doing little to address the situation. Cambodia and Vietnam suffer from the drastic consequences of dam construction.
LinkedinTwitterFacebook0The staggering discrepancy in sand figures reported by Cambodia unravels the mixed feelings the Cambodian government holds towards the complete ban on the sand dredging…
Rural Cambodians make up almost 80% of the population but, unlike their fellow countrymen in the cities, are held back with poor or limited public services and a lack of transparency in government policies.