Books in Brief: Fresh Reads on WWII Maritime History, Clipper Ships, and Cambodian Refugees
Foreign Policy staffers review recent releases.
Fake Monitors Endorse Cambodia’s Sham Election
Dubious electoral endorsements are becoming normal for dictators worldwide.
Chinese Hackers Back Beijing’s Authoritarian Pals
Cambodian dissidents come under cyberattack in run-up to sham election.
There’s No Escape From Australia’s Refugee Gulag
One branch of Canberra's notorious offshore detention system has closed. But the men who were imprisoned there are now stranded on a remote Pacific island that doesn't want them.
Cambodia Becomes the World’s Newest One-Party State
With Chinese support, Hun Sen has effectively destroyed all opposition to his autocratic rule.
Facebook Can’t Cope With the World It’s Created
Zuckerberg needs to stop courting Beijing and start paying attention to the countries where Facebook matters.
If Trump Forgets About Human Rights in Asia, the World Will Suffer
The United States ignores massive abuses at its own peril.
China’s Mekong Plans Threaten Disaster for Countries Downstream
Beijing is building hydroelectric dams and dredging to allow bigger boats as worries of environmental devastation grow.
While Cambodian Democracy Withers, Washington Stands Aloof
While Obama’s “pivot” to Asia gave rights advocates cause for hope, Washington’s longstanding indifference to Cambodia ensured minimal leverage.
The ‘Cambodia Daily’ Is Dying in Darkness
Cambodia’s autocratic leader is trying to shut down his country’s most celebrated journalistic training ground.
Cambodian Democracy Makes Its Last Gasps
An indifferent United States and assertive China have emboldened one of Asia’s longest-serving leaders to embrace outright authoritarianism.
Cambodia Wants China as Its Neighborhood Bully
Phnom Penh's pivot toward Beijing has less to do with the United States than hatred for Vietnam.
Cambodians Need Somebody to Speak for Their Ghosts
The U.N. tribunal that just upheld Khmer Rouge convictions is slow, biased -- and entirely indispensable.
Dictators Everywhere Are Stumping for Trump
From Cambodia to Zimbabwe to North Korea, the Republican nominee has cornered the authoritarian autocrat demographic.
Lifestyles of the Rich and Shameless
The family of Cambodian dictator Hun Sen sits on at least $200 million. But it might not save them from populist anger.
Cambodian PM: Never Mind, Don’t Call Me Lord Prime Minister and Supreme Military Commander
The Cambodian prime minister has walked back on a request that journalists call him by his full name.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen Shows Off His Beach Bod to Celebrate Ramadan
Heads of state tend to use social media to proliferate flattering images of themselves. Not Hun Sen.
Cambodian Leader: That’s ‘Lord Prime Minister and Supreme Military Commander’ To You
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has demanded that reporters refer to him using his official title.
Cambodian PM Says He Won’t Pay Up on $5,000 Mayweather v. Pacquiao Bet
The comment is somewhat startling given that the Cambodian government forbids its citizens from gambling.