The new publication of our double English/ French volume of Siksācakr, Journal of Cambodia Research focusing on Colonialism marks the 150th anniversary of the creation of the French Protectorate in Cambodia, which made the country a part of French Indochina. It also commemorates the 60th anniversary of the signature of the Geneva Accords, which sealed Cambodia’s independence.
This publication, edited by Dr. Jean-Francois Klein, is a journey into colonial Cambodia. Its purpose is to introduce the reader to various aspects of life at the time of the French Protectorate and to explore the country’s role in wider Indochina.
When the Khmer Rouge came to power in Cambodia in 1975, they inherited a war-ravaged and internationally isolated country. Pol Pot’s government espoused the rhetoric of self-reliance, but Democratic Kampuchea was utterly dependent on Chinese foreign aid and technical assistance to survive. Yet in a markedly asymmetrical relationship between a modernizing, nuclear power and a virtually premodern state, China was largely unable to use its power to influence Cambodian politics or policy. In Brothers in Arms, Andrew Mertha traces this surprising lack of influence to variations between the Chinese and Cambodian institutions that administered military aid, technology transfer, and international trade.
Today, China’s extensive engagement with the developing world suggests an inexorably rising China in the process of securing a degree of economic and political dominance that was unthinkable even a decade ago. Yet, China’s experience with its first-ever client state suggests that the effectiveness of Chinese foreign aid, and influence that comes with it, is only as good as the institutions that manage the relationship. By focusing on the links between China and Democratic Kampuchea, Mertha peers into the “black box” of Chinese foreign aid to illustrate how domestic institutional fragmentation limits Beijing’s ability to influence the countries that accept its assistance.
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4. NEW Siksacakr Articles for Free Download
Siksacakr (the Wheel of Knowledge) is the Center for Khmer Studies’ peer-reviewed, trilingual journal focusing on new trends in Khmer Studies. Articles are written in Khmer, English or French. All contributions are translated into Khmer. Read More…
5. Center for Khmer Studies Public Lecture Series (UPDATED)
The Public Lecture Series, which is open to the general public, is an outgrowth of the successful academic lecture and seminar programs in Phnom Penh. The aim is to draw together Cambodian and international scholars, business people and artists to discuss topics in the field of Cambodian and Southeast Asian studies, across all disciplines in the social sciences, arts and humanities. Read More…
6. Download Khmer Language Books / ទាញយកសៀវភៅខែ្មរ
The 50 digital books were produced under the direction of Dr. Pascal Bourdeaux by a project organized by the Center for Khmer Studies in 2006-2007. This project was supported by a grant from the US Department of Education’s Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access (TICFIA) program to DLIR partners. Read More…
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