Rethinking Cambodia’s Foreign Policy towards China and the West

An article published in International Policy Digest. By Kimkong Heng As the US-China trade war appears to be further escalating, Cambodia should rethink its foreign policy towards China and the West. While Cambodia’s ties with China have substantially improved with time, its relations with the West have reached a new low in the last few years. ItsContinue reading “Rethinking Cambodia’s Foreign Policy towards China and the West”

EU, Cambodia should rethink their approaches to EBA

An article published in The Phnom Penh Post. By Kimkong Heng The EU and Cambodia are speaking different languages on the issue of human rights and democracy in the Kingdom. While the EU urges Cambodia to reverse the perceived deterioration of human and labour rights in the country if the latter wishes to continue toContinue reading “EU, Cambodia should rethink their approaches to EBA”

Building a research culture in Cambodia

An article published by Khmer Times on 23 May 2019. By Kimkong Heng It is a cliché to say that Cambodia lacks a research culture. It is also not uncommon to hear phrases such as “no reading culture,” “no research culture,” or “limited research” in the context of Cambodia. The Cambodian government, though the MinistryContinue reading “Building a research culture in Cambodia”

Assessing the Impacts of Chinese Investments in Cambodia: The Case of Preah Sihanoukville Province

A co-written article published as a working paper in the Pacific Forum. By Sovinda Po and Kimkong Heng Abstract The past several years have seen an unprecedented inflow of Chinese investments to Cambodia, resulting in a huge increase in the number of Chinese people in this Asian country. Chinese investment projects have previously been concentratedContinue reading “Assessing the Impacts of Chinese Investments in Cambodia: The Case of Preah Sihanoukville Province”

Western Pressure and Cambodian Politics

An article published in IPP Review. By Kimkong Heng Cambodia’s 2018 general election for the sixth mandate of the government was both extraordinary and controversial. It was extraordinary because Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) secured an unchallenged landslide victory – winning all 125 parliamentary seats. It was also controversial in thatContinue reading “Western Pressure and Cambodian Politics”

Cambodia and the Issue of China’s Debt Trap

An article published in International Policy Digest. By Kimkong Heng and Veasna Var China’s debt trap, also called debt-trap diplomacy, is a topic of significant interest which has gained increasing attention in recent years. From Africa to Asia and even in South America, the issue of the Chinese debt trap associated with China’s no strings attached aidContinue reading “Cambodia and the Issue of China’s Debt Trap”

Kingdom should promote university research

An op-ed published in the Phnom Penh Post By Kimkong Heng University lecturers have three major roles that are normally expected of them – teaching, research and service. Research is fundamental to the tripartite role of lecturers. It allows for the creation of new knowledge or the use of existing knowledge in a new way.Continue reading “Kingdom should promote university research”