The vital role of youth in promoting Cambodia’s culture and image abroad

With ever-closer Chinese ties, human rights abuses and shrinking democratic space clouding Cambodia's reputation internationally, it is youth who could play a vital role as cultural diplomats in promoting the Kingdom's rich history and society abroad.

As a small state with limited resources and capacities, Cambodia has little room to manoeuvre and achieve its foreign policy objectives.

To realise its core national interests, the country has to embrace multilateralism and begin to engage in modern diplomacy, guided by the four diplomatic pillars of peace diplomacy, economic diplomacy, cultural diplomacy and digital diplomacy.

Among the four diplomatic channels, Cambodia, with its richness and uniqueness in culture and history, has the potential to expand its connection with the regional and international community and build its image on the global stage through cultural diplomacy.

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