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”

How Can Scholars Contribute to the Development of Cambodia?

This article was originally published by Cambodia Development Center and republished by Cambodianess. By Kimkong Heng Scholars are people who pursue academic and intellectual activities. They are intelligent and well-educated people who know a lot about particular topics. In any society, scholars, researchers, academics, professionals, and other highly educated individuals have an important role toContinue reading “How Can Scholars Contribute to the Development of Cambodia?”

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 Romanization of Khmer Language: Should We Stop It?

  This article was published by Cambodianess on 28 August 2020. By Kimkong Heng The author addresses the issue of whether to use Roman letters or mix them with Khmer script, or to strictly use Khmer script to write Khmer. The Romanization of Khmer is not new. During the French colonization of Cambodia in theContinue reading “The Romanization of Khmer Language: Should We Stop It?”

What is the Cambodian dream?

This article was published by Cambodianess on 23 August 2020. Cambodia has a proud past. The country reached its peak during the Khmer Empire, which lasted for about 600 years beginning in the 9th century. Following the collapse of the Khmer Empire, Cambodia was under constant attacks and encroachment by its stronger neighbours, Thailand andContinue reading “What is the Cambodian dream?”

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”