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.
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 ‘Fake News’ Arrests Are Quieting Critics
In Southeast Asia, the coronavirus pandemic has provided a handy excuse for a clampdown on free speech.
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.
In the Mekong, a Confluence of Calamities
Drought coupled with the coronavirus pandemic spells danger for food security.
Hun Sen’s Coronavirus Crackdown
The Cambodian prime minister is using the pandemic as cover to silence his remaining critics.
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.
Cambodia’s Leaders Line Up a Coronavirus Scapegoat
Hun Sen needs somebody to blame for the impending disaster.
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.
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.
In Cambodia, ‘Rule of Law’ Means Hun Sen Rules
The prime minister uses a shroud of democracy to counter dissatisfaction and thwart the opposition.
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.
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.