Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen is one of the longest-serving leaders in the world, having retained power since 1985. Following his government’s dissolution of the opposition party in 2017 and exile of its leaders, Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party won the 2018 elections unchallenged, raising major questions about the future of democracy in Cambodia. In this episode we are joined by Sebastian Strangio to discuss Prime Minister Hun Sen, what his endgame seems to be, and what that can tell us about where Cambodia is headed.
Sebastian Strangio is a journalist covering Southeast Asia and the author of Cambodia: From Pol Pot to Hun Sen and Beyond and In the Dragon’s Shadow: Southeast Asia in the Chinese Century. he began his career as a reporter at The Phnom Penh Post in Cambodia, and has since traveled and reported extensively across the 10 nations of ASEAN. He now serves as the Southeast Asia Editor at The Diplomat. We hope you enjoy this episode of the Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs.
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Episode Hosts: Alexis Holewinski, Chris Park, Amanda Yuen
Edited By: Zach Wheeler