Commentary

2019
 
Emma Connors, "Cambodia's Strongman is Under Pressure from Europe to Change his Ways," Australian Financial Review, 15 November.

Jack Davies, "
How did Cambodia's First Family Afford their Long Island Home?" Radio Free Asia, 15 November.

Amanda Hodge, "Tide Turns on Cambodia's Hun Sen: Sam Rainsy," The Australian, 15 November.

Philip Heijmans, "Why Asia's Longest-Serving Leader is Warning About a Coup,"
 Bloomberg, 14 November.

Simon Roughneen, "Which Way Now for Freed Cambodian Opposition Leader,"
UCA News
, 12 November.

James Massola, "'You Shut Up': Cambodian Ambassador Ambushes Press Conference,"
 The Age, 6 November.

Lee Morgenbesser, "The Rise of Sophisticated Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia," Machinery of Government, 23 October.

Dareen Abughaida, "Newshour,"
Al Jazeera
, 27 September.

Kyaw Soe Htet, "Controversial Romanian Anton Caragea, Four Others to Visit Myanmar,'" Myanmar Times, 11 September.

Thompson Chau, "Vice President Van Thio gets Romanian Tourism 'Award,'" Myanmar Times, 6 September.
 
Andrew Nachemson, "Was Cambodia Ever Really a Democracy?," The Diplomat, 4 July.

Stanley Widianto and Shibani Mahtani, "'Protesters Clash with Police After Indonesian President's Reelection, Leaving 6 Dead," The Washington Post, 22 May.
Andrew Nachemson and Yon Sineat, "Cambodia's Opposition Faces Renewed Crackdown amid China Shift," Al Jazeera, 20 May.
Rico Hizon, "The Phillipines Election and Maria Ressa," BBC World News: Newsday, 15 May.
Andreo Calonzo and Philip Heijmans, "The Phillipines Midterm Election Will Test Duterte's Presidency," Bloomberg, 12 May.
Philip Heijmans and Anisah Shukry, "Malaysians Turn Away From Mahathir After Year of Failed Promises," Bloomberg, 10 May.
 
Jim Brunner and Joseph O'Sullivan, "State Sen. Doug Eriksen gets $500,000 Lobbying Contract from Cambodian Government he Praised," The Seattle Times, 5 April.
James Massola, "Democracy and Human Rights are in Retreat in Southeast Asia. Here's Why," The Sydney Morning Herald, 5 April.
Rachel Mealey, "No Surprises in Store for North Korea's Parliamentary Elections," ABC Radio, 11 March.
Andrew Nachemson, "Fresh News and the Future of the Fourth Estate in Cambodia," Coda Story, 22 February.

Simon Roughneen, "
As Southeast Muzzles Media, Investors do Business as Usual," Nikkei Asian Review, 17 February.
Kate Mayberry, "Malaysia's Najib Tones Down the Bling Ahead of 1MDB Fraud Trail," Al Jazeera, 11 February.
Sam Reeves, "Singapore Former Gov't Stalwart Seeks to Form New Party," Rappler, 18 January.
2018
Quinn Libson, "Thailand's Foreign Election Ban is an Unusual Step," The Jakarta Post, 3 December.
Editorial, "Lawmaker Out of Order to Approve of a Shame Foreign Election," The Seattle Times, 23 September.
 
Shibani Mahtani, "'Cambodian Opposition Leader Released as Strongman Hun Sen Secures Grip on Power," The Washington Post, 10 September.

Stephen Dziedzic, "Australia Under Pressure to Act on Corrupt Cambodian Officials"
ABC AM, 15 August.

Alex Janin and Judah Robinson, "Cambodia's Corrupt Election: How Did We Get Here?,"
NowThis World, 5 August.
 
Joseph O'Sullivan, "Questions Raised over Washington State Lawmakers' Visit to Cambodia to Observe Elections," The Seattle Times, 4 August.
Simon Roughneen, "Malaysia and Cambodia Widen the Democracy-Dictatorship Divide," Nikkei Asian Review, 4 August.

Philip Heijmans, "Asia's Longest-Serving Leader seen Grooming Sons for Succession," Bloomberg, 31 July.
Lee Morgenbesser, “Fake Monitors Endorse Cambodia's Sham Election,” Foreign Policy, 30 July. Reprinted in the Australian Financial Review.
Liam Cochrane, "Cambodia Votes: Claiming Victory," ABC News, 30 July.
Gerardine Tan, "News Now," Channel NewsAsia, 30 July.
Ros Childs, "Cambodia's Election," ABC News with Ros Childs, 30 July.
James Massola and Nara Lon, "Cambodia Election 'The End of the Road for Democracy'," The Sydney Morning Herald, 30 July.

Shibani Mahtani and Sel San, "'My Vote is Useless': Some Refuse to Cast Ballots in Cambodian Election,"
 The Washington Post, 29 July.
 
Rob Matheson, "Newshour," Al Jazeera, 29 July.
Joe Freeman, "Cambodian Ruling Party Predicts Landslide Victory in 'Sham' Election," Agency France-Presse, 29 July.
 
Andrew Nachemson, "Cambodia's Election: Against Hun Sen, Only Way to Win is to Not Vote," South China Morning Post, 28 July.
Sengkong Bun and Shibani Mahtani, "Cambodia Cracks Down on Election Boycott by Opposition," The Washington Post, 27 July.
Ian Neubauer, "Cambodian Election: Why Many Fear Vote Will be a Sham," SBS News, 27 July.
Holly Robertson, "Cambodia's Banned Opposition Party Calls for Boycott of 'Sham' Election," Los Angeles Times, 26 July.
Prak Chan Thul, "Cambodia Says 52 Nations to Send Monitors for its Election," Channel NewsAsia, 24 July.
Matt Surrusco, "Cambodia's Ruling Party Expected to Sweep 'Sham' Elections," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, 22 July.

Tom Allard and Prak Chan Thul, "
Cambodia Vote Monitor Groups Led by Hun Sen's Son, 'Ambassador'," The Asahi Shimbun, 20 July.
 
Julia Wallace, "'Fireflies' and 'Ghosts' in Cambodia Prop Up Facade of Real Election," The New York Times, 11 July.

Hannah Ellis-Petersen, "Cambodian PM Now 'Fully Fledged Military Dictator,' says Report," The Guardian, 28 June.
The Economist, "Southeast Asia: Lot's of Elections, Not so much Democracy," 24 May.

Andrew Nachemson, "What's Missing from Cambodia's Democracy?
" The Diplomat, 22 May.
Peter Ford, "Facebook's Autocrat Problem," ThinkProgress, 18 May.
 
Tom Allard, "Malaysia's Shock Poll Result gives Hope to Besieged Southeast Asian Oppositions," Reuters, 12 May.
Holly Robertson, "Cambodia's 'Last Bastion of Independent Media is Thrown into Turmoil," Los Angeles Times, 9 May.

Andrew Nachemson and Yon Sineat, "‘Middle way’, Outside Shot: GDP Members see Victory in July Election as a Possibility," Phnom Penh Post, 7 May.
 
Erin Handley, "The PM's Catch and Release Strategy," Phnom Penh Post, 2 May.
Linda Mottram, "The Illusion of Choice: Elections in Authoritarian Southeast Asia," ABC Radio (PM), 9 April.
James Massola, "Fake News and the Resurgence of Authoritarian Leaders," The Age, 30 March.
James Massola, "Can Mahathir and Anwar's Alliance Beat History in Malaysia's Election?" The Sydney Morning Herald, 24 March.
Rewi Lyall, "How Bad is Authoritarianism?" RTRFM, 19 March.
Erin Handley, "Australia’s ‘Dance with Dictators’: Country Expected to Stay Mum on Rights Abuses with ASEAN Leaders in Town," Phnom Penh Post, 16 March.
Barbara Miller, "Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen's Visit to Sydney Stirs Up Expat Community," ABC News, 14 March.
Mech Dara and Erin Handley, "Hun Sen Rejects Democracy Index's 'Authoritarian' Label," Phnom Penh Post, 2 February.
Andrew Nachemson, "Cambodia on a 'Downward Trend,' According to Freedom House," Phnom Penh Post, 16 January.
2017
 
Lee Morgenbesser, “Casting a Shadow of Doubt on International Election Monitoring Norms,” National Endowment for Democracy, 29 November.
 
Eli Meixler, "Cambodia is Becoming 'Openly Authoritarian' in its Crackdown on Opposition," Time Magazine, 30 October.

Andrew Nachemson and Mech Dara, "Analysts say Government Use of Fresh News Fits the Authoritarian Playbook," Phnom Penh Post, 25 October.
Liam Cochrane, "Australia Strengthens Ties with Cambodia as Sweden Reconsiders Engagement," ABC News, 20 October.
Ben Paviour, "What Went Wrong with Cambodia's Opposition Party," The Diplomat, 17 October.
Peter Ford, "Invoking Trump, Cambodian Leader Dismantles the Country's Democracy," ThinkProgress, 17 October.
 
Andrew Nachemson and Mech Dara, "Hun Sen Spins Demise of CNRP into Boon for Democracy," Phnom Penh Post, 12 October.
Erin Handley and Mech Dara, "Cambodia's Government Learns the Art of Lawfare," Phnom Penh Post, 9 October.
Ben Paviour, "Welcome to Asia's Newest One-Party State," South China Morning Post, 8 October.
David Boyle, "Cambodian Officials Ramp Up Anti-US Threats," Voice of America, 20 September.
Lee Morgenbesser, "A Midnight Crackdown in Cambodia," Freedom House, 14 September.

 

Post Staff, "Assembly OKs Sokha Case while Hun Sen Doubles Down on Condemnation of 'Treasonous' Opposition Leader," Phnom Penh Post, 12 September.

Holly Robertson, "As Cambodia Crackdown Gathers Steam, Opposition Wonders, 'Who's Next?'" The Washington Post, 10 September.

 

Erin Handley, "Cambodians Fear Dictatorship as Opposition Beheaded," The Nation, 5 September.

 

Zsombor Peter, "Arrest of CNRP President Sokha Puts Party on the Brink," The Cambodia Daily, 4 September.

 

Erin Handley, "Fast Raid on Kem Sokha Belies Long Prelude," Phnom Penh Post, 4 September.

Sun Narin, "Cambodia Opposition Leader's Arrest for Treason Seen as Death for Democracy," VOA Cambodia, 3 September.

 

David Hutt, "Cambodian Clampdown Yields a Deafening Silence," Asia Times, 29 August.

 

David Hutt, "Anti-Western Barbs Stick in Cambodia," Asia Times, 25 August.

 

Ananth Baliga and Mech Dara, "US Criticises 'Troubling' Steps Against Press, NGOs," Phnom Penh Post, 25 August.

 

Ben Paviour, "Observers Warn of a New Era of Repression in Cambodia," The Cambodia Daily, 24 August.

 

Kevin Ponniah, "Cambodia Leader Tells Critics to Pay Up, Or Pack Up," BBC News, 24 August.

 

Ben Paviour, "Branding Daily a 'Thief,' Hun Sen says Pay Tax or Leave," The Cambodia Daily, 23 August.

 

Simon Roughneen, "Singapore's First Family Feud Fizzles," RTE World Report, 13 August.

 

George Wright, "Hun Sen's Violent Rhetoric: Will Words Become Deeds in 2018," The Cambodia Daily, 9 August.

 

George Wright, "Parliament Boycotts Bear Little Fruit for Opposition," The Cambodia Daily, 13 July.

 

Andrew Nachemson, "CPP Ties to Controversial Election Monitor Deepen," Phnom Penh Post, 13 July.

David Hutt, "Stop Hyping Up Sam Rainsy's Return to Cambodia," The Diplomat, 20 June.

Ben Paviour, "Official, Pollster Confirm CPP Polling After Findings Leaked," The Cambodia Daily, 19 June.

 

Andrew Nachemson, "Smooth Elections a Sound Strategy - At least For Now," Phnom Penh Post, 9 June.

Alex Willemyns and Meas Sokchea, "With a Tenfold in Communes Won, CNRP Readies for 2018," Phnom Penh Post, 6 June.

Zsombor Peter, "Sunday's Vote to Set Stage for 2018 National Election," The Cambodia Daily, 2 June.

 

Michael Dickison, "Hun Sen's Paradox: Absolute Power With Limits," The Cambodia Daily, 1 June.

Simon Roughneen, "Cambodia's Local Elections Seen as National Test Run," Nikkei Asian Review, 31 May.

Ben Paviour, "Gov't Funds Return of 'Shadow' Election Monitors," The Cambodia Daily, 24 May.

Mech Dara and Alex Willemyns, "Commune Elections 2017: Parties Strut in First Push for Polls," Phnom Penh Post, 22 May.

David Hutt, "The Fall of Cambodia's Patron-Client Politics?" The Diplomat, 19 May.

David Hutt, "Cambodia Looks to China for Governance Guidance," Asia Times, 13 May.

 

Ben Paviour, "NEC's New Election Ink Can't Be Erased, Spokesman Says," The Cambodia Daily, 12 May.

Ate Hoekstra, "Cambodia is Heading for a One-Party State," De Groene Amsterdammer, 19 April.

 

Sek Odam and Ben Paviour, "Leak Links Minister, PM's Bodyguard Compound," The Cambodia Daily, 13 April

Liam Cochrane, "Widow of Cambodian Political Commentator Hopes to Find Safety in Australia," 7:30 Report, 13 April.

Ben Paviour, "Shadow Election Monitors Function as Autocratic Rubber Stamps," The Cambodia Daily, 24 March.

David Hutt, "Hun Sen Loses His Right-Hand Man," Asia Times, 16 March.

David Boyle, "Cambodian 'Democracy' on its Last Legs," Nikkei Asian Review, 16 March.
Ben Paviour and Kuch Naren, "CPP Looks to Donald Trump's Rhetoric on Media Relations," The Cambodia Daily, 28 February.
Lee Morgenbesser, "Cambodia's Leader Just Cracked Down on the Opposition, and the Consequences Will be Dramatic," The Monkey Cage, 24 February.
 
Erin Handley, "Kingdom a One-Man Show, Report Asserts," Phnom Penh Post, 24 February.
 
Ben Paviour, "Hun Sen's Dictatorship has Transcended CPP, Researcher Says," The Cambodia Daily, 24 February.
Liam Cochrane, "Cambodian Parliament Approves Changes to Laws that Disadvantage Opposition," ABC News, 20 February.
Meas Sokchea and Erin Handley, "CNRP to Boycott Party Law Vote," Phnom Penh Post, 20 February.
Logan Connor, "With Sam Rainsy Gone, What's Next for Cambodia's Opposition," Southeast Asia Globe, 13 February.
 
Sun Narin, "Rainsy Resignation Leaves Questions Lingering Over Cambodian Politics," VOA Cambodia, 13 February.
 
Zsombor Peter, "Rainsy Quits Amid Threats, but CNRP Still in Danger," The Cambodia Daily, 13 February.
Prak Chan Thul, "Cambodia Opposition Leader Rainsy Resigns from Party," Reuters, 11 February.
Zsombor Peter, "Rainsy Bristles at Threat to Dissolve CNRP," The Cambodia Daily, 6 February.
Holly Robertson, "Sizing up Hun Manith, the Enigmatic Son of Cambodia's Prime Minister," Southeast Asia Globe, 12 January.
2016

Khy Sovuthy and Michael Dickison, "China Donates $11M for Elections," The Cambodia Daily, 21 December.

Alex Williemyns, "A Gift for Electioneering," Phnom Penh Post, 20 December.

 

Colin Meyn, "With Sokha Pardon, What's in It for Hun Sen?" The Cambodia Daily, 6 December.

David Hutt, "The Trouble with Cambodia's Largest Opposition Party," The Diplomat, 26 November.

 

Michael Dickison and Kuch Naren, "Hun Sen Endorses Trump - For World Peace," The Cambodia Daily, 4 November.

Vong Sokheng and Shaun Turton, "'I Want Trump to Win: PM,'" Phnom Penh Post, 4 November.

 

George Wright, "Opposition Faces a Future Shaped by the CPP," The Cambodia Daily, 3 November.

Alex Williemyns, "Time, Cash Heal All Wounds," Phnom Penh Post, 13 October.

George Wright, "Sokha Back in Hiding at Party HQ, But Why?" The Cambodia Daily, 7 October.

Michael Dickison, "Defensive Cambodia Hastens Pivot to China," The Cambodia Daily, 30 September.

 

Lee Morgenbesser, "Lifting Myanmar's Sanctions: Right or Wrong?" New Mandala, 26 September. Reprinted in Myanmar Times.

 

Alex Williemyns, "Hun Sen, Looking to Army, Sees Old Comrades," The Cambodia Daily, 1 September.

David Hutt, "The State and the CPP: Cambodia’s Social Contract," The Diplomat, 19 August.

Alex Williemyns, "Patronage Still Protects CPP, Scholars Say," The Cambodia Daily, 12 August.

Lee Morgenbesser and Tom Pepinsky, "Elections without Democracy in Southeast Asia," New Mandala, 5 August.

Sam Baran, "Suu Kyi One Step Closer to Leading Myanmar," The Wire, 6 April.

2015

Sam Baran, "Myanmar: What Happens Now," 2SER, 23 November.

 

Stan Grant, "Aung Sann Suu Kyi's Grip on Power to be Tested," Sky News, 10 November.

Sam Baran, "Military Maintains Control Despite Myanmar Elections," The Wire, 10 November.

 

Lee Morgenbesser, "Burma Votes on Sunday. Why do Authoritarian Regimes Even Hold Elections?" The Monkey Cage, 7 November.

Lee Morgenbesser, "The Theatre of Autocratic Elections: Why Myanmar is Going to the Polls," The Conversation, 5 November.

Kevin Ponniah and Vong Sokheng, "CPP Bigger, Not Better, Say Foes," Phnom Penh Post, 3 February.

Alex Williemyns, "Threat of Force Hangs Over Culture of Dialogue," The Cambodia Daily, 23 January.