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Cambodia’s New Deal

By William Showcross

On May 23, 1993, after two decades of civil war, the people of Cambodia boldly embraced peace as nearly ninety per cent of registered voters voted in a United Nations-sponsored election. One year later there is still great uncertainty about the future of war-ravaged Cambodia. The genocidal Khmer Rouge continue to put up a fight. The country is still fractured politically, economically, and socially.

William Shawcross vividly details the steps leading to Cambodia’s new coalition government; paints an intimate portrait of the nation scene; and offers his own deeply knowledgeable perspective on the problems that a new Cambodia must face if it is to fully restore itself to nations life. Shawcross’s lucid account begins a chronicle of post-election Cambodia that is likely to engage the international community for decades.

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