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With New Arrest, Cambodia’s Permanent Crackdown Intensifies

Amid the economic fallout from COVID-19, Hun Sen’s government has succeeded in keeping a lid on rising public discontent—but for how much longer?

Cambodia’s Microfinance Industry in Troubled Waters

Cambodia’s Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, amid claims that that overlending to poor borrowers, who can ill-afford to repay, has resulted in land seizures and the further immiseration of the poor.

Parsing Washington’s Latest Cambodia Sanctions

Treasury’s listing of the Chinese-owned Union Development Group has reignited rumors that Beijing is eyeing a military presence on Cambodia’s coast.

US Imposes Sanctions on Chinese Company for Rights Abuses in Cambodia

The United States government has stepped up its diplomatic pressure on Beijing and imposed sanctions on a Chinese state-owned company for human rights abuses and the seizure of land in Cambodia used in a $3.8 billion property development.

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

Harping on the EU’s ‘unfair’ withdrawal of trade preferences will do nothing to address the serious challenges facing the country.

Southeast Asia’s Coming COVID-19 Vaccine Windfall

There are risks, but the region has a lot to gain from the international race to find an effective vaccine.

The Last Farewell to the Mighty Mekong

The shrinking Tonle Sap, the river’s “beating heart,” is the latest wake-up call of the damage wrought by dams.

Cambodia Succession Plan Hinges on Party Princelings

A handover of power from long-serving Hun Sen to his eldest son will require a broader generational transition with the ruling CPP.

Comrade Duch, Chief Khmer Rouge Executioner, Dies at 77

His trial and conviction demonstrated both the potential, and limits, of international justice.

Japan Seeks to Offset Chinese Influence in Cambodia

Foreign Minister Motegi’s recent visit underlines Tokyo’s sense of urgency.

From Phnom Penh With Love

A conversation with author, journalist and television producer Glen Felgate.

To Avoid Overdependence on China, Cambodia Needs to Build Its Relations With India

Cambodia has to bring in the Indian card to balance China’s economic and geopolitical influence in Cambodia as well as in Southeast Asia.

Douglas Latchford: The Man Who Pillaged Cambodia

Latchford leaves behind a dark legacy of looting and cultural destruction, which will long outlive him.

Taxing Times in Southeast Asia

Brights spots and where to put your spare cash amid the pandemic.

Thai Court Allows Cambodian Class Action Against Thai Firm

“This is a David vs. Goliath case that will redefine access to justice for the victims of corporate abuse in Southeast Asia and beyond,” one expert said.

Will Cambodia’s Shift in Focus to Small-Scale Farming Work?

Is the COVID-motivated shift enough to support all the laid-off garment industry workers? Who will really benefit?

Cambodia – With a Little Help – Charts Its Own COVID Course

Flights from Indonesia and Malaysia were cancelled as confirmed cases from abroad spiked.

The World According to Cambodia’s CPP

If the West truly wants to change Hun Sen’s behavior, it needs to understand how he sees the world.

Hun Manet Still a Long Way From Cambodia’s Top Job

Hun Sen’s number one son has the resume but needs broad support.

Who’s Helping Cambodia Weather COVID-19?

In explaining Cambodia’s relative COVID-19 success, it is vital to acknowledge the foreign aid and local donations that have poured in.