The Folly of US Intervention in Cambodia

What lessons from the Cold War should Washington heed?

The resumption this year of the deportation of Cambodian nationals residing in the United States is merely another chapter in a long history of tumultuous relations between the United States and Cambodia that date back to the Cold War. Just this year alone, 73 Cambodians have been deported to date, which also represents a marked increase in terms of rate. To put things in perspective, only 639 Cambodians have been deported since the U.S.-Cambodian Joint Commission on Repatriation was signed in 2002 according to Khmer Vulnerability Aid Organization (KVAO) records. This trend is however indicative of an intensification of broader U.S. efforts to influence Cambodian politics.

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