Cambodia: Progress and Challenges since 1991
Edited by Pou Sothirak, Geoff Wade and Mark Hong
(ISBN: 9789-8143-7982-3, 2012, 423pp)
Publisher: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) Singapore
In the 20 years since the Paris accords of 1991 brought peace to Cambodia, the country has undergone what can only be described as astounding change. From a polity where the entire fabric of society had been rent asunder through years of war and genocide, contemporary Cambodia is fast becoming a vibrant state and assuming a new position in the Asia-Pacific region. The contributions to this volume — many by prominent figures who were intimately connected with the process — describe the diverse strands of mediation and peace-building which went into the creation of the 1991 accords. The subsequent role of UNTAC and the 1993 general elections in the process of Cambodian revival and social rebuilding are also described. While not denying that obstacles and difficulties remain, the contributions outline the evolving economic, political, religious, and human resource situations within Cambodia, while also examining the country’s contemporary international relations. This book constitutes a particularly fitting testament to the twenty years of Cambodian reconstruction which have followed the 1991 peace accords.
Chapters by Julio A Jeldres, MAI Adjunct Research Fellow
Chapter 7: Cambodia’s Relations with China: A Steadfast Friendship
Chapter 11: Cambodia’s Relations with France since the Paris Agreements of 1991