Sovereignty under pressure

Couverture ASE2020Jean-Christophe DIEPART


The year 2019 saw struggles between the government and several of its partners or opponents. The continued negotiations with the European Union around the “Everything But Arms” commercial agreements took place in a context of increased alignment with China and heated diplomatic relations with the US. The ruling party maintained a strong pressure on the political opposition, reaffirmed its control over the administration but also gained some legitimacy by strengthening the tax administration towards successful fiscal reforms. The drought that has affected ecosystems across the country impacted the production and distribution of hydro-electricity but also renewed general concerns about natural resources management in the Kingdom, particularly in the Tonle Sap flood plain.

Keywords: Cambodia, “Everything But Arms”, Authoritarianism, Chinese influence, Drought