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Rising Coronavirus Fears in Cambodia as Hun Sen Nixes New Year Festivities

The premier has canceled next week’s Khmer New Year celebrations amid worries about the virus.

What’s in Vietnam’s New Coronavirus Assistance to Cambodia and Laos?

Late last week, Vietnam handed over some assistance to Laos and Cambodia as the two fellow Southeast Asian states continue to manage the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic.

Will the COVID-19 Crisis Spell the End of Cambodia’s Hun Sen?

COVID-19 may not topple Cambodia’s Hun Sen, but its shockwaves could spark the beginning of the end of his rule.

What Did the 2020 China-Cambodia Golden Dragon Military Exercise Actually Achieve?

A closer look at how the recent drills, held amid the coronavirus crisis, actually played out.

Does Cambodia’s Coronavirus Bailout Really Add Up?

The proposed solution deserves scrutiny.

Remembering Cambodia’s 1970 Coup

A look back at a significant development in the country with implications that continue to play out today.

Why the Global Coronavirus Pandemic Could Get Worse for Southeast Asia

Recent indications suggest that the region’s problem could exacerbate in the coming weeks.

Coronavirus Fears Don’t Stop Biggest China-Cambodia Military Drills Yet

The exercise has continued amid continuing anxieties about the virus in both countries and the wider world.

New Joint Maritime Patrols Put the Focus on Vietnam-Cambodia Naval Ties

The two countries held the latest in a series of joint maritime patrols.

Cambodia’s Courts Under the Microscope With Australian Missionary Trial

The case is yet another test for the justice system in the Southeast Asian state.

Returning Cambodia Refugee Spotlights Trump’s Growing Southeast Asia Deportations

Thy Chea was the fourth such refugee to be allowed back into the country since the administration stepped up deportations of Southeast Asians.

Why the EU’s New Cambodia Wrist Slap Won’t Weaken Hun Sen’s Iron Grip

Though the move is not entirely insignificant, it pales in comparison to the other challenges the government faces and is working to address.

Cambodia Is Still Failing Its Disabled Persons

Despite the government’s rhetoric, the reality is much more concerning.

Why More Hun Sen Has Meant Less Progress for Cambodia

While Cambodia is certainly better off than it was in the 1990s, progress has slowed as the premier’s rule has continued.

EU Partially Withdraws Cambodia Trade Deal Amid Rights Concerns

After months of speculation, the body has decided on a partial withdrawal of the Everything But Arms deal.

What Will the Next China-Cambodia Golden Dragon Military Exercise Look Like?

A closer look at potential continuity and change in what would be the fourth set of drills between the two countries.

Cambodia and Thailand: A Story of Swapping Transitions, or Something Else?

A closer look at the evolution of regime dynamics in the two countries in recent years.

Sam Rainsy: Cambodia’s Ruling Party Is More Divided Than the Public Knows

Inside Cambodia’s ruling party, the CPP, there is never a guarantee of consensus amid the autocratic power and nepotism of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

China and Cambodia: Love in the Time of Coronavirus

Hun Sen’s “special visit” to China was a high-profile show of support for Beijing’s handling of the outbreak.

EU Confronts Make or Break Decisions for Vietnam and Cambodia

Two upcoming calls will help define the European Union’s ties with the Southeast Asian countries.