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Poor Squeezed, Democracy Never Rooted in Cambodia, Chandler Says


Poor Squeezed, Democracy Never Rooted in Cambodia, Chandler Says
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David P. Chandler, widely known as the preeminent historian of Cambodia, recently received a prestigious career achievement award from the Association of Asian Studies, a U.S.-based academic organization. The emeritus professor at Monash University has written six books on the history of Cambodia, including “A History of Cambodia” and ‘’Brother No. 1: A Political Biography of Pol Pot.’’ Chandler was in Washington DC two months ago to receive the award and attend the group’s annual conference. The 85-year-old scholar sat down March 24 with VOA Khmer’s Hong Chenda and discussed challenges Cambodia currently is facing. Her interview was the second VOA Khmer interview conducted with Chandler that day.

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