“This is no country for decent and outspoken men.”
So begins Sebastian Strangio’s crystalline analysis of Cambodia’s political environment in the highly respected Mekong Review. The one-and-a-half-year-old quarterly journal has given me permission to excerpt a substantial portion of the author’s astute perspective on the chasm between what might be desirable in the Kingdom of Wonder and what might be achievable.
Strangio — whose recent book on Cambodia under the 31-year rule of Prime Minister Hun Sen has received terrific reviews — draws a line between what ought to be the situation in the country versus what actually is the possibility of change.
You can read the full essay in the publication, and I suspect the excerpts below will peak your interest.