Sunday, 14 September 2014

Formulating Cambodia's Foreign Policy Grand Strategy

Gala Dinner in the occasion of the 21st ASEAN Summit and Related Summit on 19 November 2012, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia 

The glory of Khmer empire, from 9th century to 15th century, and Agkor Wat temple are Cambodia’s national pride. At that time, the Khmer Empire, currently Cambodia, had been a major power in Southeast Asian region in terms of military might, diplomacy, and trade. Unfortunately, this did not last long. The collapse of the empire combined with internal conflicts has brought a dark period for Cambodia’s history. Today, it has been perceived as a war-torn country, which was plagued by civil wars, landmines, and foreign interventions. However, the end of civil war opens a new golden chapter for Cambodia in the 21st century to pursue its national core interests, especially stability, sovereignty, economic development, and image building. After successful national reconciliation and regional integration, Cambodia is now well on its way to becoming a lower middle-income country with annual GDP growth rate of around 7 percent.