Democratic Reversal in Cambodia: Counter-movement and Shifting Dependency

The MacMillan Center Council on Southeast Asia Studies will feature Kheang Un,
Associate Professor of Political Science at Northern Illinois University, who will present Democratic Reversal in Cambodia: Counter-movement and Shifting Dependency on October 3rd as a part of their Southeast Asia Studies Brown Bag Seminar Series. The Center stated about the talk:

 In 2017, the Cambodian government dismantled the Cambodian National Rescue Party, clamped down on civil liberties and organized elections in 2018 without the presence of a credible opposition party. The presentation examines the reasons underlying the government’s decision to close down democratic space by focusing on the following arguments.     First, the presence of some semblance of democracy in Cambodia was the outcome of the Western community’s pressure through its granting financial assistance and preferential trade access to Cambodia. So long as this order permitted the Cambodian People’s Party to maintain its domination, it conceded to Western demands.

Second, by the 2013 elections, key socio-economic and political changes culminated in a counter-movement to the CPP’s patronage-based politics. When the CPP felt that its grip on power was threatened, it instituted hegemonic electoral authoritarianism.

Third, since Cambodia’s democracy is a product of Western intervention and continued engagement, Cambodia’s recent return to authoritarianism can to great extent be attributed to China’s role as a counter-leverage to Western pressure.


Wednesday, October 2, 12:00 Noon
Room 203, Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Avenue

20 2019-2020 Kerry Fellows Named

Twenty Yale University students have been named Kerry Fellows for the 2019-20 academic year. Part of the Kerry Initiative led by former Secretary of State John Kerry YC ’66, the Fellows will collaborate with Sec. Kerry on leading-edge research aimed at developing real-world policy solutions.

The students represent several of Yale’s professional schools, including the schools of Medicine, Forestry and Environmental Studies, Law, Management, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.

The 2019-20 Kerry Fellows are:

  • J. Elizabeth Allan (Yale Law School)
  • Jariel Bytheway (School of Management)
  • Andrea de Sa (Yale Law School)
  • Katherine Fang (Yale Law School)
  • Anthony Formica (Jackson Institute for Global Affairs)
  • Nicholas Frisch (Graduate School of Arts and Sciences)
  • Max Goldberg (Yale Law School)
  • Kareem Hammoud (School of Forestry and Environmental Studies)
  • Kelsey Hartman (School of Forestry and Environmental Studies)
  • Hannah Heether (Jackson Institute for Global Affairs)
  • Annie Himes (Yale Law School)
  • Lucas Isakowitz (School of Forestry and Environmental Studies)
  • Brian Kim (Yale Law School)
  • Shobhit Kumar (Jackson Institute for Global Affairs)
  • Noah Lerner (School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and School of Management)
  • Isa Qasim (Yale Law School)
  • Zach Ratner (School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and School of Management)
  • Madison Sharp (School of Medicine)
  • Evelin Toth (School of Forestry and Environmental Studies)
  • Emily Tucker (School of Forestry and Environmental Studies)

Read more about this year’s Fellows.

OISS Newsletter!

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Hong Kong: Gazing into the Abyss


On Tuesday, September 10th, Alvin Y. H. Cheung from the NYU School of Law will be speaking at the SLB Calabresi Faculty Lounge through the organization of the Paul Tsai China Center. As described by the Center,

Alvin Y.H. Cheung of the N.Y.U. School of Law will discuss the origins, evolution, and future direction of the ongoing protest movement in Hong Kong, assessing the legal and political significance of the protests and what they mean for the future of “one country, two systems” in the People’s Republic of China.  Mr. Cheung is a Hong Kong barrister (non-practicing) who has written and presented extensively about developments in Hong Kong for academic, specialist, and lay audiences.

Lunch will be served at the event.