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.