Cambodia After the Khmer Rouge: Inside the Politics of Nation Buildingby Evan Gottesman
When the Vietnamese army overthrew the Khmer Rouge in 1979, Cambodia was a political and economic wasteland. It had no government, no functioning economy, and no cultural institutions. Its population was decimated, its educated class nearly eliminated. For the next twelve years, Cambodia struggled to emerge from this chaos, despite a Western diplomatic and economic embargo, a Vietnamese occupation, and a civil conflict fueled by the Cold War. The first account of this turbulent era, Cambodia After the Khmer Rouge, tell how the turmoil gave shape to the nation.
About the author
spent three years in Cambodia, where he served as resident liaison and deputy director of American Bar Association Cambodia Law and Democracy project. He lives in Washington D.C.