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”

The Politics of Survival and Cambodia’s Post-COVID-19 Foreign Policy

This article was published by the Australian Institute of International Affairs on 08 Oct 2020. By Kimkong Heng The politics of regime survival will continue to be the dominant force diving Cambodia’s foreign policy post-COVID-19. This will push Cambodia deeper into China’s orbit. Cambodia’s foreign policy has been largely driven by the politics of regime survival.Continue reading “The Politics of Survival and Cambodia’s Post-COVID-19 Foreign Policy”

Cambodia Must Move Beyond its “Double Standard” Narrative

This article was published by The Geopolitics on 12 September 2020. By Kimkong Heng Cambodia must jettison its narrative claiming that the European Union has practiced double standards when the bloc decided to withdraw its Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme, which Cambodia has enjoyed since 2001. On Aug. 12, the EU’s decision to partially withdraw the EBA trade scheme fromContinue reading “Cambodia Must Move Beyond its “Double Standard” Narrative”

Post-EBA, Cambodia Needs to Jettison its ‘Double Standard’ Narrative

This article was published by the Diplomat on 10 September 2020. Harping on the EU’s ‘unfair’ withdrawal of trade preferences will do nothing to address the serious challenges facing the country. Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? First, it was the queen who was the fairest of them all. Then,Continue reading “Post-EBA, Cambodia Needs to Jettison its ‘Double Standard’ Narrative”

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”

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”

Can Cambodia move beyond its conflicting historical narratives?

An op-ed published in Thmey Thmey. By Kimkong Heng Forty years after the collapse of the Khmer Rouge regime on January 7, 1979, the kingdom is still faced with a serious historical challenge which continues to divide Cambodians from all walks of life — the country cannot agree on the meaning and interpretation of oneContinue reading “Can Cambodia move beyond its conflicting historical narratives?”

Conflicting historical narratives are divisive

An op-ed published in Khmer Times. By Kimkong Heng Cambodian people have been divided, so divided over their differing interpretations of their country’s historical events. Some historical facts such as the liberation day on 7th January has been over-politicised. Two conflicting narratives prevail and dominate the social and political discourses in the Kingdom. As aContinue reading “Conflicting historical narratives are divisive”

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”