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The macro challenges in Cambodia’s microfinance sector

In August, two local Cambodian organizations, Licadho and Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT) published Collateral Damage: Land Loss and Abuses in Cambodia’s Microfinance Sector, a report about the dangerous growth of the country’s microfinance sector. It spotlighted an issue that researchers have been warning about for years. A report ...

David Hutt
https://thediplomat.com/2019/10/the-macro-challenges-in-cambodias-microfinance-sector/

What did Suu Kyi’s first Cambodia visit achieve?

Last week, Myanmar’s de facto leader and State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi paid her first visit to Cambodia in her current capacity. The trip spotlighted the ongoing state of ties between the two fellow Southeast Asian states amid wider domestic and foreign policy developments. Cambodia ...

Prashanth Parameswaran
https://thediplomat.com/2019/05/what-did-suu-kyis-first-cambodia-visit-achieve/

Is Cambodia’s foreign policy heading in the right direction?

Cambodia’s foreign policy has seen remarkable improvements after 1993 when the country held its UN-organized national election. The Cambodian government’s efforts to integrate Cambodia into the region and the world have resulted in Cambodia’s membership in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 1999 ...

Kimkong Heng
https://thediplomat.com/2019/02/is-cambodias-foreign-policy-heading-in-the-right-direction/

What’s missing from Cambodia’s democracy?

In a nationally televised speech after the dissolution of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen declared that “the government will commit to protecting the multiparty democracy process.” Indeed, 20 parties have submitted applications to compete in this year’s national ...

Andrew Nachemson
https://thediplomat.com/2018/05/whats-missing-from-cambodias-democracy/

Are Cambodia and Laos really any closer to resolving their border dispute?

Cambodia and Los have again agreed to work together to resolve the issue of their disputed border area. This time, two countries decided to set up a coordination mechanism at the departmental level to facilitate the work, while seeking more frequent meetings between the board committees of ...

Tae-jun Kang
https://thediplomat.com/2018/05/are-cambodia-and-laos-really-any-closer-to-resolving-their-border-dispute/

What’s in the New Thailand-Cambodia Border Checkpoint?

This week, more indications surfaced that Cambodia and Thailand were moving towards opening a new international border checkpoint. Though the development was largely overlooked, it bears watching within the broader context of a longstanding effort by both sides to jointly manage their shared border despite ...

Prashanth Parameswaran
https://thediplomat.com/2018/04/whats-in-the-new-thailand-cambodia-border-checkpoint/

The State of Human Security in Cambodia

Violence in Cambodia has escalated in recent months with Prime Minister Hun Sen’s attempts to quash competition ahead of the upcoming elections on July 29, 2018. Security and surveillance measures have been strengthened, media outlets have been closed down, protests have been met with violence and mass ...

Pascale Hunt
https://thediplomat.com/2018/02/the-state-of-human-security-in-cambodia/

A new military aid boost for China-Cambodia defense ties?

On January 28, Cambodian Defense Minister Tea Banh reportedly confirmed that China would provide Cambodia with a new round of military aid. The report comes as the two countries are looking to boost their defense ties in 2018 as they commemorate 60 years of their ...

Prashanth Parameswaran
https://thediplomat.com/2018/02/a-new-military-aid-boost-for-china-cambodia-defense-ties/

What will the next China-Cambodia military exercise look like?

This week, media outlets began reporting that China and Cambodia would be holding the next iteration of a military exercise in March as both countries commemorate the 60th anniversary of their ties this year and the Cambodian government heads to elections in the summer. The ...

Prashanth Parameswaran
https://thediplomat.com/2018/01/what-will-the-next-china-cambodia-military-exercise-look-like/

Cambodia and the West's common enemy: Tuberculosis

Estimates suggest that 0.38 percent of Cambodians have contracted TB, an alarming statistic for a country still recovering from decades of conflict. This rate shows an improvement from the early 2000s, when up to 1.5 percent of Cambodians had the disease. Even so, villagers who live far ...

Austin Bodetti
https://thediplomat.com/2018/01/cambodia-and-the-wests-common-enemy-tuberculosis/

Cambodia’s special relationship with India

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen will visit India on January 24 to attend the India-ASEAN commemorative summit, which celebrates last year’s 25th anniversary of Indian-ASEAN dialogue relations. He will also join other nine ASEAN leaders as chief guest at the India’s Republic Day. Hun Sen is likely ...

Sao Phal Niseiy
https://thediplomat.com/2018/01/cambodias-special-relationship-with-india/

Does Cambodia’s New Opposition Party Really Matter?

Cambodia’s former opposition leader Sam Rainsy’s reverence for political change is exceeded only by his reverence for himself as the instigator of it. That may be why, this weekend in the United States, he launched the Cambodia National Rescue Movement (CNRM), a new body that is ...

David Hutt
https://thediplomat.com/2018/01/does-cambodias-new-opposition-party-really-matter/

How politics is killing Cambodia's forests

Cambodian forests, some of the most biologically diverse areas in the world, are vanishing fast as a result of the Vietnamese, Chinese and Cambodian political interests. Cambodia has one of the largest deforestation rates in the world. Forest Trends, an influential organization with a mission to conserve ...

Abu SMG Kibria
http://thediplomat.com/2016/09/how-politics-is-killing-cambodias-forests/

Desperate times for Cambodia's farmers

The first rainfall this year did not arrive until early June to Pursat, a province located in the northwest of the country, where land looked bare and thirsty at the height of the planting season. The devastating drought, which the government has described as the ...

Ana Salvá
http://thediplomat.com/2016/08/desperate-times-for-cambodias-farmers/

China, Cambodia ink new economic pact

On March 25, China and Cambodia inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in science and technology. The MoU, valid for 3 years, will see the Chinese side train Cambodian officials in science, technology and innovation. ...

Rui Hao Puah
http://thediplomat.com/2016/04/china-cambodia-ink-new-economic-pact/

Cambodia lags behind 2020 power target

Cambodia is lagging behind its target to achieve nationwide electrification by 2020, the head of the country’s electricity regulator warned Tuesday. ...

Prashanth Parameswaran
http://thediplomat.com/2016/01/cambodia-lags-behind-2020-power-target/

Cambodia: a generation gap divides a struggling nation

Surveys are rare in Cambodia and opinion polls indicating which way the electorate intends to vote are even rarer. That partially explains why so many other commentators failed to predict the hefty swing against Prime Minister Hun Sen at the last national poll. ...

Luke Hunt
http://thediplomat.com/2015/12/cambodia-a-generation-gap-divides-a-struggling-nation/

US, Cambodia navies launch joint military exercise

On November 16, the United States and Cambodia launched an annual military exercise with an opening ceremony held at the Royal Cambodian Ream Navy Base in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. ...

Prashanth Parameswaran
http://thediplomat.com/2015/11/us-cambodia-navies-launch-joint-military-exercise/

China pledges new military aid to Cambodia

China and Cambodia agreed to boost their military ties following a meeting between their defense ministers on November 6 in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh. Though specifics of the assistance remain unclear, Banh, who is also a deputy prime minister, indicated that it includes telecommunications ...

Prashanth Parameswaran
http://thediplomat.com/2015/11/china-pledges-new-military-aid-to-cambodia/

Cambodia needs ‘genuine’ dialogue to avert crisis: Opposition spokeswoman

Cambodia needs a genuine “culture of dialogue” between its political parties to avert a descent into crisis, Monovithya Kem, the daughter of deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha and a spokeswoman for the country’s opposition party, told The Diplomat Tuesday in an exclusive interview in Washington ...

Prashanth Parameswaran
http://thediplomat.com/2015/11/cambodia-needs-genuine-dialogue-to-avert-crisis-opposition-spokeswoman/

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