The State of Academic Freedom in Cambodia

This article was published by Asian Vision Institute on 20 July 2020. Kimkong Heng Academic freedom, according to Cary Nelson, Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is the freedom to “engage in intellectual debate without fear of censorship or retaliation”. It allows researchers, academics, teachers and students to express their viewsContinue reading “The State of Academic Freedom in Cambodia”

Cambodia: Caught in the middle

This article was published by The Interpreter on 17 June 2020. As it navigates a post-Covid recovery, Cambodia needs to strike a balance between the US and China. Even as it grapples with the economic fallout of Covid-19, Cambodia has a China problem. The perception of Prime Minister Hun Sen as a stooge for BeijingContinue reading “Cambodia: Caught in the middle”

The Role of University Leadership in Promoting Research in Cambodia

This article was published by Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace (CICP) on June 22 2020. By Kimkong Heng To set the scene, Cambodia lags behind its neighbours in terms of research and publication. Based on my analysis, the Kingdom is ranked 8th among the 10 countries in Southeast Asia when considering the total numberContinue reading “The Role of University Leadership in Promoting Research in Cambodia”

What lies behind Cambodia’s surprise coronavirus success?

An opinion article published in Nikkei Asian Review. By Kimkong Heng Government’s strong hand and international aid have led to zero deaths from COVID-19. In Southeast Asia, only Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam have until now reported zero deaths from COVID-19. Although critics have argued that some countries in this region lack the capacity to detectContinue reading “What lies behind Cambodia’s surprise coronavirus success?”

Why Cambodia Should Aggressively Promote Research

An opinion article published in Cambodianess on May 26, 2020. By Kimkong Heng Doctoral candidate in education at the University of Queensland, Australian Awards scholar and research fellow at the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace, Kimkong Heng states the case for a greater commitment to research, academia and innovation in Cambodia. Research is aContinue reading “Why Cambodia Should Aggressively Promote Research”

Trump-Kim Summit in Vietnam and implications for Cambodia

An article accepted for publication by Policy Forum but they failed to publish it. Trump-Kim Summit in Vietnam and implications for Cambodia By Kimkong Heng and Veasna Var The first summit between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jung Un was held in Singapore on 12 June last year. Their secondContinue reading “Trump-Kim Summit in Vietnam and implications for Cambodia”

Tackling fake news amid a coronavirus outbreak

An article published in The Phnom Penh Post. By Kimkong Heng Amid the outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that has infected more than 14,000 people worldwide and caused over 360 deaths, false claims and fake news about the spread of the virus are on the rise. In Cambodia, fake news is not a new phenomenon.Continue reading “Tackling fake news amid a coronavirus outbreak”

Cambodia’s increasing tilt towards China: A practical but not sustainable foreign policy manoeuvre

A short article published in Mekong Connect of the Asian Vision Institute. By Kimkong Heng The proposition that Cambodia tilts towards China has apparently rooted in the 2012 ASEAN Foreign Ministers (AMM) fiasco. The Kingdom was criticised for aligning itself so closely with China after constantly turning down her ASEAN fellows’ proposed wordings condemning China’sContinue reading “Cambodia’s increasing tilt towards China: A practical but not sustainable foreign policy manoeuvre”

The need to establish research universities in Cambodia

An article published by The Phnom Penh Post on 12 Sep 2019. By Kimkong Heng In an era of the globalisation and internationalisation of higher education, it is difficult, if not impossible, to disregard the regional and global trend toward building world-class universities. Many governments in Asia and Africa are making significant efforts to establishContinue reading “The need to establish research universities in Cambodia”

US-Cambodia Ties at New Low After Chinese Naval Outpost Report

An article published in IPP Review. By Kimkong Heng On July 21, 2019, the Wall Street Journal reported that Cambodia had signed a secret pact with China to allow the latter exclusive rights to part of the Kingdom’s Ream Naval Base on the Gulf of Thailand. The journal, citing unnamed US officials who reportedly had seen an early draftContinue reading “US-Cambodia Ties at New Low After Chinese Naval Outpost Report”