Volume 3

Chapter

3

Geopolitics, Great Power Competition, and Cambodian Foreign Policy

Where will Cambodia position itself in a world experiencing a shift in power supremacy? This most important of questions has implications for economic development, representation of the citizenry, and how an uncertain environmental climate will be tackled. For these reasons, and many more, Ambassador POU Sothirak uses his chapter, Great Power Politics, to examine the ongoing power struggle between the United States of America and China, setting out four scenarios as to the potential future structure of geopolitics and polarity.

About the Author

POU Sothirak

POU Sothirak has been the Executive Director of the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace since May 2013. He also serves as Advisor to the Royal Government of Cambodia as of February 2014. He worked as Secretary of State of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia from September 2013 to January 2014. He was Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) in Singapore from January 2009 to December 2012. He was appointed as Cambodian Ambassador to Japan from April 2005 to November 2008. He served as elected Cambodian Member of Parliaments twice during the general elections in 1993 and 2003. He was appointed as Minister of Industry, Mines, and Energy of the Royal Government of Cambodia from 1993 to 1998. He had worked as an engineer at the Boeing Company from 1981-1986 after obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Oregon State University, USA, in 1981.