Morals matter in foreign policy

Khmer Times, 19 Feb 2020 To realists, in foreign policy and international relations, national survival and interest come  first. Especially when survival is at stake, ends justify the means. Therefore, moral values are not relevant in foreign policy analysis. The overreactions by some countries to the outbreak of Covid-19 are cases in point. Naturally, human … Continue reading Morals matter in foreign policy

New Economy, Civic Engagement Vital for People-Centered Asean

Khmer Times, 5 February 2020 Countries and societies in Southeast Asia are searching for development models that are more inclusive, sustainable and resilient given the fact that the existing development model is not sustainable, evidenced by the widening socio-economic inequality, environmental degradation and the prevalence of social injustice in some societies in the region. One … Continue reading New Economy, Civic Engagement Vital for People-Centered Asean

Cambodia calls for the enhancement of multilateralism

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen called for the restoration and enhancement of an open and inclusive multilateral system and rules-based international order at the second Asia Pacific Summit in Phnom Penh. His statement clearly illustrates that multilateralism is one of Cambodia’s foreign policy objectives and interests. The question is how this small state can allocate … Continue reading Cambodia calls for the enhancement of multilateralism

Korea’s New Southern Policy 2.0

This week in Busan, the Republic of Korea (ROK) is organising two important international events, the commemorative summit with ASEAN to celebrate their 30th anniversary of dialogue partnership and the first Mekong-Korea Summit. Under the New Southern Policy, the ROK has invested significant efforts and resources to connect itself with Southeast Asia, at both multilateral … Continue reading Korea’s New Southern Policy 2.0

Cambodia needs to invest in public sector innovation

Khmer Times, 3 September 2018 Speculations on the members of the new cabinet aside, the main task of the new Cambodian government is to deliver what it has promised, especially in terms of raising the living standard of its citizens, delivering better public services, and improving good governance. A new Rectangular Strategy Phase IV will … Continue reading Cambodia needs to invest in public sector innovation