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Are Cambodia and Laos Really Any Closer to Resolving Their Border Dispute?

Despite some incremental progress, deeper questions remain unresolved.

A Rocky Start for the New Phnom Penh Post Owners in Cambodia

It didn't take long after the sale for a range of concerns to surface.

What’s Next for Vietnam-Cambodia Border Cooperation?

Border collaboration continues to be an important area for both sides to manage in the context of their respective domestic and foreign policies.

How Can Canada Respond to Cambodia’s Political Dilemma?

If Canada wants to be critical of the Cambodian government, it will have to be proactive.

Why There Won’t Be a Cambodian Spring This Election Year

Frustration is growing among Cambodian pro-democracy activists, but Hun Sen’s position has never been stronger.

Why Japan Is Wrong on Rights in Cambodia

Tokyo’s downplaying of rights issues is plain for all to see, and the effectiveness of the approach remains unclear.

What’s in the New Thailand-Cambodia Border Checkpoint?

This week, more indications surfaced that Cambodia and Thailand were moving towards opening a new international border checkpoint. Though the development was largely overlooked, it bears watching within the broader context of a longstanding effort by both sides to jointly manage their shared border despite the significant problems that remain unaddressed.

What’s in the Thailand-Cambodia Foreign Fugitive Deal?

Since last week, fears have spread about a potential deal between Thailand and Cambodia on dealing with ‘foreign fugitives’ that could affect the safety of politicians, activists, and government critics. Though specifics remain unclear, the controversy around such collaboration reflects broader suspicions around cooperation among the two authoritarian regimes that are only further fueled by the back of transparency and accountability on this front.

Vietnam-Cambodia Joint Patrols Highlight Defense Ties

Last week, Vietnam and Cambodia held the 50th iteration of their joint maritime patrols. The interaction offered a glimpse into one manifestation of the the defense realm of the bilateral relationship amid a series of ongoing activities for 2018.

Remembering Cambodia Rock Star Kak Channthy

The frontwoman of the Cambodian Space Project, who died in a fatal car crash Tuesday morning, breathed life into a music scene devastated by three decades of war.

China-Cambodia Defense Ties in the Spotlight with Military Drills

Over the weekend, China and Cambodia kicked off this year’s iteration of a new military exercise. The engagement was just another demonstration of the significance of the defense ties between the two sides and Cambodia’s greater drift towards China as the ruling party under Prime Minister Hun Sen looks to further consolidate its power in upcoming elections later this year.

Cambodian views on the U.S., Japan and China

When it chaired the ASEAN Summit in the autumn of 2012, Cambodia arranged for the South China Sea issue to be dropped from the joint statement. This left the strong impression that Cambodia was a mouthpiece for China in Southeast Asia. It is true that China has made significant investments in Cambodia and that the latter’s economy has become increasingly dependent on Chinese money.

Cambodian Views on the U.S., China and Japan

When it chaired the ASEAN Summit in the autumn of 2012, Cambodia arranged for the South China Sea issue to be dropped from the joint statement. This left the strong impression that Cambodia was a mouthpiece for China in Southeast Asia. It is true that China has made significant investments in Cambodia and that the latter’s economy has become increasingly dependent on Chinese money.

Loving Vietnam, Criticizing Cambodia: Trump’s Double Standard in Southeast Asia.

As the U.S. aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson headed to Da Nang on a “historic visit,” Vietnamese newspapers exploded with excitement. They explained almost the entire history and stature of the Vinson. The carrier visit, they argued, could be considered the most convincing evidence of America’s commitment to Vietnam.

What Does Hun Sen’s New Cambodia Military Aid Boast Really Mean?

There appears to be much less than meets the eye.

The Truth About US-China Competition in Cambodia

A closer look at the broader context for Phnom Penh’s shifting alignments as its domestic politics evolves. Read the full story: https://thediplomat.com/2018/03/the-truth-about-us-china-competition-in-cambodia/

What’s With the New Cambodia Military Drills Near Laos?

Engagement is yet another sign of Phnom Penh’s boosting its military presence amid lingering border disputes ahead of an upcoming election.

New Hun Sen Threats as Cambodia’s Sham Election Nears

When Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte opens his mouth, the press – local and international – hang off every word. His atrocious attitude to women, the long list of people he dislikes, and his encouragement of violence by the police have made him a darling of headline writers everywhere.

The State of Human Security in Cambodia

Questioning the success of the UN’s peacebuilding blueprint.

A New Military Aid Boost for China-Cambodia Defense Ties?

As both countries commemorate their 60th anniversary and Cambodia heads to the polls, a new round of military aid is expected soon.

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Cambodian Political Commentator Hit With New Charges, Goes Into Hiding

A Cambodian political commentator and critic of Hun Sen has been hit with new criminal charges a month after completing a prison sentence for defamation, and has gone into hiding, fearing arrest, sources say.

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