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Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen shows his ballot to the media as he casts his vote at a polling station during local elections in Kandal province, Cambodia, on June 5.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen shows his ballot to the media as he casts his vote at a polling station during local elections in Kandal province, Cambodia, on June 5.

Hun Sen Stands in the Way of His Own Succession Plan

Cambodia’s prime minister has outmaneuvered political opponents and groomed his oldest son for power, but does he know when to walk away?

Cambodian navy personnel are seen walking along a jetty.
Cambodian navy personnel are seen walking along a jetty.

Washington Should Chill About China’s Cambodia Base

Americans need to recognize their own ugly history in Southeast Asia.

Rangers stop a fishing boat for questioning at a bird sanctuary and protected area by Prek Toal floating village in Battambang province, Cambodia on October 14, 2020.
Rangers stop a fishing boat for questioning at a bird sanctuary and protected area by Prek Toal floating village in Battambang province, Cambodia on October 14, 2020.

China Is Choking Off Asia’s Most Important River

Upstream dams are destroying the Mekong Basin.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen reviews a military honor guard with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during a welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 16, 2017.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen reviews a military honor guard with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during a welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 16, 2017.

Time for America to Play Offense in China’s Backyard

Ignoring Cambodia and Laos is a strategic mistake—but engagement requires a smarter balance of values and interests.

A wildlife keeper checks a pangolin enclosure.
A wildlife keeper checks a pangolin enclosure.

Endangered Species Are Paying the Price of COVID-19

Diminishing tourism has created new incentives for the illegal wildlife trade.

A Chinese aircraft carrier sails.
A Chinese aircraft carrier sails.

Beijing Eyes New Military Bases Across the Indo-Pacific

Tanzania, Cambodia, and the UAE are on China’s wish list—and now Kiribati, within striking distance of Hawaii.

A Thai Buddhist monk gets a shot of Sinovac vaccine
A Thai Buddhist monk gets a shot of Sinovac vaccine

Southeast Asia Had COVID-19 Under Control. What Went Wrong?

Mutant viruses, rich Chinese tourists, and a military government no one trusts are among the reasons cases are surging.

People eat lunch in front of a billboard along a street in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Aug. 6, 2019.
People eat lunch in front of a billboard along a street in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Aug. 6, 2019.

Cambodia’s Post-Pandemic Law and Order

Amid economic crisis, sweeping new legislation on “public order” would stifle dissent—and effectively criminalize people for being poor.

Scarecrows known as ting mong stand guard in front of homes in Takeo, Kandal, and Kampong Speu provinces in Cambodia to ward off the coronavirus in May.
Scarecrows known as ting mong stand guard in front of homes in Takeo, Kandal, and Kampong Speu provinces in Cambodia to ward off the coronavirus in May.

In Cambodia, a Spiritual Army Battles an Earthly Pandemic

With little faith in the government’s coronavirus response, many rural Cambodians are turning to the divine.

Coronavirus Misinformation Arrests in Indonesia
Coronavirus Misinformation Arrests in Indonesia

Coronavirus ‘Fake News’ Arrests Are Quieting Critics

In Southeast Asia, the coronavirus pandemic has provided a handy excuse for a clampdown on free speech.

Cheerleaders perform at the opening game of the Korea Baseball Organization League at a crowdless ballpark in Incheon, South Korea, on May 5.
Cheerleaders perform at the opening game of the Korea Baseball Organization League at a crowdless ballpark in Incheon, South Korea, on May 5.

Tales From the Lockdown: How COVID-19 Has Changed Lives Around the World

In South Africa, people are brewing beer at home. Muslims in India are celebrating Ramadan alone. And city streets everywhere are vacant.

Cambodians dry fish in a village along the Tonle Sap River in Phnom Penh in 2019, the year the country faced one of the worst droughts in modern history.
Cambodians dry fish in a village along the Tonle Sap River in Phnom Penh in 2019, the year the country faced one of the worst droughts in modern history.

In the Mekong, a Confluence of Calamities

Drought coupled with the coronavirus pandemic spells danger for food security.

Police block drivers in Cambodia during the coronavirus pandemic
Police block drivers in Cambodia during the coronavirus pandemic

Hun Sen’s Coronavirus Crackdown

The Cambodian prime minister is using the pandemic as cover to silence his remaining critics.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi are greeted by South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi are greeted by South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa

Coronavirus Has Started a Censorship Pandemic

Governments around the world are banning fake news about the crisis—and cracking down on their critics while they’re at it.

A quarantine official checks the temperature of a Chinese medical expert in Cambodia
A quarantine official checks the temperature of a Chinese medical expert in Cambodia

Cambodia’s Leaders Line Up a Coronavirus Scapegoat

Hun Sen needs somebody to blame for the impending disaster.

Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen
Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen

Xi’s Fake History Lesson for Hun Sen

Eager to appease his benefactor in Beijing, the Cambodian leader is excluding China’s role from the Khmer Rouge narrative.

ASEAN foreign ministers shake hands on stage at a summit about the coronavirus called by China in Vientiane, Laos, on Feb. 20.
ASEAN foreign ministers shake hands on stage at a summit about the coronavirus called by China in Vientiane, Laos, on Feb. 20.

Hun Sen Is More Worried About Beijing Than the Coronavirus

Cambodia’s autocrat is putting his own people at risk to court his Chinese backers.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and President of the National Assembly Heng Samrin release doves to mark the 68th anniversary of the Cambodian People's Party in Phnom Penh on June 28.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and President of the National Assembly Heng Samrin release doves to mark the 68th anniversary of the Cambodian People's Party in Phnom Penh on June 28.

In Cambodia, ‘Rule of Law’ Means Hun Sen Rules

The prime minister uses a shroud of democracy to counter dissatisfaction and thwart the opposition.

Buck Billy is a co-owner of ZIN Adventures, a tour company owned and operated by deportees. He rides in a tuk tuk during ZIN's Good Luck City Tour in Phnom Penh on June 5.
Buck Billy is a co-owner of ZIN Adventures, a tour company owned and operated by deportees. He rides in a tuk tuk during ZIN's Good Luck City Tour in Phnom Penh on June 5.

Deported to Their Parents’ Homeland, Cambodian Americans Start Anew

Refugees who fled the Khmer Rouge as children are being deported from the United States in record numbers—and are adapting as adults to life in a country most have never known.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen waves during the Cambodian People's Party ceremony to mark the 40th anniversary of the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime in Phnom Penh on January 7.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen waves during the Cambodian People's Party ceremony to mark the 40th anniversary of the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime in Phnom Penh on January 7.

Hun Sen’s Man in Washington (State)

Cambodia’s strongman has found an unlikely American voice.

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