Cambodia-US Relations: Retrospect and Prospect


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When: Jul 16 2020 - 10:00am until Jul 16 2020 - 11:00am
Where: Zoom Webinar

The East-West Center in Washington invites you to the
60 Minutes for the EWC 60th Anniversary Alumni Seminar Series:

Cambodia-US Relations: Retrospect and Prospect


Dr. Chheang Vannarith
(EWCW Asia Studies Visiting Fellow, 2010)
 President, Asian Vision Institute (AVI)

Dr.  Satu P. Limaye (Moderator)
Vice President, East-West Center &
Director, East West Center in Washington

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the Kingdom of Cambodia and the United States. Over the past seven Dr. Vannarith Chheangdecades, there have been ups and downs in the bilateral relationship. In 1965, there was a diplomatic cut-off, which happened again in 1975. The main stumbling blocks in bilateral ties have been the debt incurred from 1970 to 1975, democracy and human rights issues, and the China factor. This webinar aims to discuss the relationship’s achievements, constraints, and missteps, as well as suggest ways to overcome the challenges in order to advance the bilateral relationship.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the East-West Center and its mission to promote better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. The East-West Center in Washington (EWCW)’s 60 Minutes for the EWC 60th Anniversary Alumni Seminar Series  highlights the work of EWCW alumni/ae who have participated in our fellowship, publication, dialogue, and conference programs.


Dr. Chheang Vannarith is a public policy analyst and government relations strategist. He has over a decade of experience as a geopolitical and political economic analyst, with a focus on Southeast Asia.  He is currently serving as President of the Asian Vision Institute (AVI), a leading think tank in Cambodia. He was honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2013 and Southeast Asia Young Leader by the IISS-Shangri-La Dialogue in 2016.  He received his MA in International Relations from the International University of Japan in 2006 and PhD in Asia Pacific Studies from the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in 2009.

Satu Limaye is Vice President of the East-West Center and the Director of the East-West Center in Washington where he created and now directs the Asia Matters for America initiative and is the founding editor of the Asia Pacific Bulletin. He is also a Senior Advisor at CNA Corp (Center for Naval Analyses) and Senior Fellow on Asia History and Policy at the Foreign Policy Institute at Paul H. Nitze School of International Studies (SAIS). He is magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Georgetown University and received his doctorate from Oxford University (Magdalen College) where he was a George C. Marshall Scholar. Recent publications include: “America’s ‘Pacific Principle’ in an Indivisible Pacific Islands Region,” (Asia-Pacific Bulletin); “Despite Stumbles, America’s Engagement with Southeast Runs Deep,” (Global Asia); Raging Waters: China, India, Bangladesh, and Brahmaputra Water Politics (Marine Corps University Press); and Russia’s Peripheral Relevance to US-Indo Pacific Relations (Center for the National Interest).

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Sarah Wang