Publications

Freepik

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Cambodia-China Relations in the New Decade

by Kin Phea

H.E. Dr. Kin Phea takes the reader on a journey through recent Cambodia-China relations. He describes a balancing way for Cambodia in order to find a place to benefit from China’s global engagement, including the Belt and Road Initiative, and from unilateral official development assistance, while being mindful about the transparency and the sustainability of aids and projects.
Freepik

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Cambodia’s Foreign Policy Beyond 2020: Confronting Challenges in the New Decade

by Pich Charadine

Ms. Pich Charadine outlines here opinion of what shall come in this decade. According to Ms. Charadine, amid all challenges Cambodia will face, one priority still remains the diversification of Cambodia’s foreign policy instruments covering a wide range from trade, investment to strategic and military cooperation.

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Diplomatic Briefing: New Decade, Old Challenges?

Various Authors
The Diplomatic Briefing is a biannual collection of categorized opinion pieces and short articles from an extended network of the scholarly community and regional experts, covering a wide range of issues from international relations, to sub-regional affairs, to foreign policy, to economic and trade, and beyond.
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Into the 70th Anniversary of Cambodia-US Relations and Beyond: The Rebalancing Dilemma and New Era of Relations

by Pou Sothirak

H.E. Ambassador Pou Sothirak revisits recent developments of the Cambodia-US relations and reflects on the positive and negative aspects. He describes the need for mutual respect, experimenting with new approaches and the avoidance of blaming games, among other.
USAID Cambodia

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The EBA Withdrawal: New Decade, Old Challenges?

The EBA trade preferences have been an economic boost for Cambodia and have fueled exports to the European market. However, the European Union announced in 2019 that it would launch an EBA withdrawal procedure due to the erosion of democracy and human rights violation in Cambodia. In the interview, we speak with Dr. Cheunboran Chanborey, Advisor to the Asian Vision Institute, and Dr. Daniel Schmücking, Country Director of KAS Cambodia, about the case, its context and next steps. However, the European Union announced in 2019 that it would launch a EBA withdrawal procedure due to the erosion of democracy and human rights violation in Cambodia. In the interview we speak with Dr. Cheunboran Chanborey, Advisor to the Asian Vision Institute, and Dr. Daniel Schmücking, Country Director of KAS Cambodia about the case, its context and next steps.
Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Cambodia

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The Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic on the Socio-Economic Issues in Cambodia: A Youth Perspective

Covid-19 remains the dominant topic of discussion and issue of concern for the Cambodian society and the world at large. The consequences also affect people from all walk of life, especially the vulnerable groups and young people in Cambodia. Home schooling has become a routine; universities and some other areas have been ordered to be closed for an unforeseeable time. That is why we asked Politikoffee, a network of young and socially-enthusiastic people, to share their view of the crisis through focus group discussion. In three questions, the following are their snapshot.
Freepik

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Why Cambodia? EU’s incoherence in Trade Preferences under the EBA Scheme

by Daniel Schmücking

Dr. Daniel Schmücking shares his perspective on the rationales behind the E.U.’s decision to partially withdraw Cambodia’s Everything but Arms (EBA) status. The case is of high interest because it was the first time in the history of the EBA mechanism that it was partially withdrawn, but even more important, it reveals the shortcoming on both sides — Cambodia and the EU.

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The Law Talks: Contemporary Environmental Law in Cambodia and Future Perspectives

Various Authors
This publication is written with a purpose neither to analyze the draft environmental code nor the status quo of the environmental law implementation, but to develop a gateway for research and development for the environmental law and policy in the years to come when Cambodia tries to reform her environmental administration system. The publication is the collection of articles submitted by Cambodian and foreign professors and experts who are interested in the area of the environment law.

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Cambodia Within ASEAN: Twenty-Years in the Making

Pich Charadine
The year 2019 marks the 20th year anniversary of Cambodia being the 10th member of ASEAN. The roadmap of Cambodia’s accession to this regional grouping has indeed come a long way and even throughout these 20-years, a lot have been spelled out. On one hand, Cambodia gradually gained more recognition on the international arena after decades of isolation due to our prolonged civil war while at the same time, the economy has seen a remarkable growth. On the other, the push and pull factors got Cambodia (and as well the region) caught in the middle of strategic power rivalry in the newly-emerging regional order, which demand ASEAN to play a much greater role. After all these 20 years, Cambodia look forward to ASEAN as a guarantor of regional peace and prosperity as well as a bridge to key partners of the region.

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Digital “Government-to-Business” Services in Cambodia: Overview and Challenges

Maria Yang & Darapich Sovann
According to the UN e-government knowledgebase, e-government is a channel to strengthen the efficiency of government operations at three levels: Government to Citizen (G2C), Government to Business (G2B), and Government to Government (G2G). There are a number of research papers which show how, empirically, good e-government is positively associated with fostering a good business environment. This can be measured by different variables such as the ease of starting a business, electricity, taxes, construction permits, access to credit, cross-border trade and protection of minority investors. Moreover, the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the digital economy, which are built on advanced new technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), automation and cloud computing, among many others, also act as driving forces of e-government, in particular at the G2B level.