The West’s Cambodia Dilemma

This article was published by Pacific Forum on 13 Oct 2020. An earlier version of this article was published in New Mandala. By Kimkong Heng The European Union and the United States face a Cambodia dilemma: Both have imposed sanctions in response to Cambodia’s drift from democracy, risking Phnom Penh’s further alignment with Beijing and thusContinue reading “The West’s Cambodia Dilemma”

Factors influencing academics’ research engagement and productivity: A developing countries perspective

This article was published in Issues in Educational Research on 24 September 2020. The abstract The method The framework (developed from the literature review) The authors Click here to download the article. All images from from the article.

The Need for Cambodia to Deepen its India Engagement

This article was published by Cambodianess on 30 August 2020. By Kimkong Heng and Bunna Vann Cambodia should increase its India engagement to gain support for its post-COVID-19 economic recovery and to mitigate the impact of the European Union’s partial withdrawal of its Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme. India is one of the AsianContinue reading “The Need for Cambodia to Deepen its India Engagement”

The Cambodia dilemma: foreign affairs and human rights in tension

This article was published by new mandala on 01 September 2020. By Kimkong Heng The European Union and the United States face a Cambodia dilemma. Being hard on Cambodia forces Phnom Penh to further align with China – a broader global trend Europe and the US seek to prevent amid China’s ascent as a globalContinue reading “The Cambodia dilemma: foreign affairs and human rights in tension”

The role of academics in promoting research (in Cambodia)

This article was published by Khmer Times on 24 August 2020. By Kimkong Heng To promote research in Cambodia, all stakeholders, including individual university academics or lecturers, have vital roles to play. To be precise, all relevant stakeholders can be divided into three categories or levels: a governmental or national level, an institutional level andContinue reading “The role of academics in promoting research (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”

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”

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”

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”

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”