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Aid Dependence in Cambodia: How Foreign Assistance Undermines Democracy
Lecture | November 26 | 4-6 p.m. | Institute of East Asian Studies (2223 Fulton, 6th Floor), Conference Room, 6F
Sophal Ear, Assistant Professor, National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School
Khatharya Um, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley
Based on Prof. Ears new book, Aid Dependence in Cambodia: How Foreign Assistance Undermines Democracy (Columbia, 2012), this talk will highlight the complicity of foreign assistance in helping to degrade Cambodias political economy. While massive intervention by the U.N. in the early 1990s did help to end the Cambodian civil war and to prepare for more representative rule, the countrys social indicators, the integrity of its political institutions, and its ability to manage its own development soon deteriorated. Prof. Ear explores the issue of why the more a country depends on aid, the more distorted are its incentives to manage its own development in sustainable ways. As a post-conflict state, Cambodia is rife with trial-and-error donor experiments and their unintended results, including bad governance - a major impediment to balanced, equitable growth.
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