Q&A: Cambodian-Canadian Professor Says Lack of Trust is Cambodia’s Kryptonite

Editor’s Note: Sorpong Peou is a Cambodian-born professor of political science at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. He recently spoke with VOA Khmer’s You Sotheary on political trust, how power is accumulated, and his new article “Cambodia’s Hegemonic-Party System,” published in the most recent edition of the Asian Journal of Comparative Politics. In the paper, Professor Peou analyzes the political structures that have enabled Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party to maintain a firm grip on power since the 1980s. He concludes that “insecurity rooted in the fear of retribution is one of the biggest challenges to the process of democratization and rule-of-law institution-building in post-war countries like Cambodia.”

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