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Why Sweden Chose to Shut Its Embassy in Cambodia
December 09, 2020

Why Sweden Chose to Shut Its Embassy in Cambodia

By Bunna Vann
The decision cannot be separated from the country's sharp authoritarian turn since 2017.
What Explains Cambodia’s COVID-19 Charm Offensive?
December 03, 2020

What Explains Cambodia’s COVID-19 Charm Offensive?

By Sebastian Strangio
In recent weeks, the nation has donated masks and personal protective equipment to several other Southeast Asian nations.

Cambodian Opposition Figures Once Again Promise to Return
December 02, 2020

Cambodian Opposition Figures Once Again Promise to Return

By Sebastian Strangio
Leaders of Cambodia's disbanded opposition party hope to call international attention to the country's political situation.

Could an Unlikely Alliance Unseat Cambodia’s PM?
November 27, 2020

Could an Unlikely Alliance Unseat Cambodia’s PM?

By David Hutt
Rumors have long swirled of an alliance between opposition leader Sam Rainsy and Interior Minister Sar Kheng.

Cambodia Begins Mass Trial of Dissidents, Opposition Figures
November 26, 2020

Cambodia Begins Mass Trial of Dissidents, Opposition Figures

By Luke Hunt
The trials of the 129 defendants, many of them former members of a banned opposition party, could drag on for months.
Aun Pornmoniroth Emerges as Potential Future Cambodian Prime Minister
November 24, 2020

Aun Pornmoniroth Emerges as Potential Future Cambodian Prime Minister

By Luke Hunt
The Singapore model is still favored for a Cambodian political succession.

UN Official Denounces ‘Circular Pattern’ of Repression in Cambodia
November 18, 2020

UN Official Denounces ‘Circular Pattern’ of Repression in Cambodia

By Sebastian Strangio
Like many past statements of concern, the U.N. comments are likely to fall on deaf ears in Phnom Penh.
29 Years on, Landmark Peace Accord Charts Deep Divides in Cambodia
October 23, 2020

29 Years on, Landmark Peace Accord Charts Deep Divides in Cambodia

By Sebastian Strangio
The legacy of the 1991 Paris Peace Agreements, which aimed to bring the country peace and democracy, remains deeply contested.

The Beginning of the End of Kem Sokha’s Ordeal in Cambodia?
October 23, 2020

The Beginning of the End of Kem Sokha’s Ordeal in Cambodia?

By David Hutt
In recent weeks, Prime Minister Hun Sen has softened his stance toward his main political rival. As usual, there is more than meets the eye.

With New Arrest, Cambodia’s Permanent Crackdown Intensifies
September 22, 2020

With New Arrest, Cambodia’s Permanent Crackdown Intensifies

By Sebastian Strangio
Amid the economic fallout from COVID-19, Hun Sen's government has succeeded in keeping a lid on rising public discontent—but for how much longer?

Cambodia’s Microfinance Industry in Troubled Waters
September 21, 2020

Cambodia’s Microfinance Industry in Troubled Waters

By Luke Hunt
A conversation with economist Ron Bevacqua about the crisis facing Cambodia's microfinance sector.
Cambodia Succession Plan Hinges on Party Princelings
September 04, 2020

Cambodia Succession Plan Hinges on Party Princelings

By David Hutt
A handover of power from long-serving Hun Sen to his eldest son will require a broader generational transition with the ruling CPP.

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