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Cambodia’s Curse

April 10, 2009

This quarter I’m serving as a guest author on a series of roundtables published on University of Denver’s Human Rights and Human Welfare website. The first of these is online this week, a panel discussion of Joel Brinkley’s Foreign Affairs piece in this issue, “Cambodia’s Curse.” My opening paragraph:

“Joel Brinkley has written a heartbreaking piece in Foreign Affairs about Cambodian society thirty-five years after Pol Pot. We are presented with anecdote after anecdote about historical trauma, corruption, and poverty. It’s a depressing picture, and an important country case to have on the US’ foreign policy radar screen. But I find three problems with Brinkley’s treatment of Cambodia.”

Read what they are here. Check out the complete roundtable here.

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Charli Carpenter is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She is the author of 'Innocent Women and Children': Gender, Norms and the Protection of Civilians (Ashgate, 2006), Forgetting Children Born of War: Setting the Human Rights
Agenda in Bosnia and Beyond (Columbia, 2010), and ‘Lost’ Causes: Agenda-Setting in Global Issue Networks and the Shaping of Human Security (Cornell, 2014). Her main research interests include national security ethics, the protection of civilians, the laws of war, global agenda-setting, gender and political violence, humanitarian affairs, the role of information technology in human security, and the gap between intentions and outcomes among advocates of human security.