As the competition between the US and China for influence is heating up, Cambodia cannot discount the importance of its relations with either of the two despite the extreme pressure to do so.
Cambodia is facing complex structural challenge to deal with land disputes. As the economy grows with high influx of capital investment ready to rip benefit from speculation and structural weaknesses of the land management system, tackling the land issues is becoming even more difficult.
Sim Vireak is Strategic Advisor to the Asian Vision Institute (AVI) based in Phnom Penh.
Populism is a form of politics where politicians garner their support by manipulating the public’s nationalism and discontent over social weaknesses, social inequality and alleged exploitation by the establishments. Populist politicians label themselves as fighters against specific social ills, ones that often draw people’s sympathy, ultra-nationalism and struggle against the existing establishments.
The management of gasoline prices in Cambodia could serve as a good case study to replicate in the price management of other utility items, argues Sim Vireak.
Gasoline is among the most basic utilities that affect the daily livelihood of people. While the price of gasoline in Cambodia is similar to other countries, the impact is different considering the income gap in the country.