Safeguarding peace: Cambodia's constitutional challenge
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Cambodian politics have remained in many ways a prisoner of a past. David Chandler reviews how Cambodia’s history, as far back as the medieval kingdom of Angkor, has shaped the country’s present day politics. He finds the roots of Cambodia’s vulnerability in expansionist neighbours, social volatility and personalised rule. He recounts the murderous rule of the Khmer Rouge (1975-79) and conflict-ridden period of Vietnamese control that followed until 1989, leading to the 1991 Paris peace accords.