In partnership with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Future Forum has worked with Cambodian authors to address these important questions through the production of an edited volume examining 28 different areas of socio-economic development, ranging from monetary policy to the fourth industrial revolution to ecological diplomacy. This will be the first book that brings together a collection of experts, utilizing a single methodology, in order to set out the various potential scenarios that Cambodia is likely to confront two decades from now. Employing a shared, foresighting model each author will examine their particular area of expertise in order to illustrate the potential paths that Cambodia could follow. 

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Policy Briefs

Future Forum publishes, on a regular basis, briefing notes, in-depth analyses, factsheets and other documents related to public policy, politics, human rights and other related issues in Cambodia. We also publish a number of additional documents through our Advisory Services, which are not always made public. Please contact us for more information. 


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Policy Brief No. 1. The Relationship Between Agriculture and Forestry in Cambodia
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Policy Brief No. 2. The Elderly and Aging Issues in Cambodia
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Policy Brief No. 3. Housing Adequacy and Affordability in Phnom Penh
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Future Forum's Working Paper Series 

1. The Cambodian Debt Trap? A Study of the Relationship between Remittance and Household Debt
Lor Samnang, 2018 Young Research Fellow
Working Paper No.1 The Cambodian Debt Tr[...]
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2. Cambodian Participation in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations: “Soft Power Development”?
Chan Sam Art, 2018 Young Research Fellow
Working Paper No.2 Cambodian Participati[...]
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3. More than Friends? A Content Analysis of Cambodia’s Position towards China’s Core Interests
Yun Pengtakpitou, 2018 Young Research Fellow
Working Paper No.3 More than Friends? A [...]
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4. Functional Assignments and Public Accountability: Comparative Case Studies of Cambodian Commune Councils and Indonesian Village Government
Chhern Sreyneang, 2018 Young Research Fellow
Working Paper No.4 Functional Assignment[...]
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5. Private Sector Involvement in Sustainable Piped Water Supply Service: The Case Study of Sustainable Piped Water Supply in Cambodia’s Mountainous Area
Chrin Bunsamkaneka, 2018 Young Research Fellow
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Cambodia ́s Modern Patronage System: A Brief Reflection on Historical Foundations, Contemporary Articulations, and Future Policy Formations 

This paper briefly outlines some of the historical foundations and modern re-interpretations that have conflated to engender Cambodia ́s contemporary political articulations. 


Release Date: 23 October 2018

Author: Markus Petersson

Cambodia's Modern Patronage System
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Snapshot:  Why is it so hard for small political parties to win seats in the National Assembly?

This snapshot provides an explanation of the seat allocation formulas to political parties that have been utilized in Cambodia’s electoral process. It gives a comparison between two seat allocation methods including “largest remainder” method, which was applied in 1993, and the “highest average” method, which has been applied since 1998. 


Release Date: 14 August 2017

Author: Future Forum

Seat Allocation Formulas _NA Election
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Snapshot: Changes in Voters’ Socio-Economic Status 

This snapshot provides an overview of socio-economic changes in Cambodia that may be affecting voting habits. It is specifically focused on changes in employment and consumption patterns and uses socio-economic changes as indicators of social change. To conclude, the snapshot makes the argument that politicians should embrace the reality of this social change and start addressing real political issues that correspond to the need of people.


Release Date: 9 May 2017

Author: Future Forum

Changes in Voters’ Socio-Economic Status
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2016 Political Analysis - Summary Version

This Paper provides a brief overview and analysis of the current political situation in Cambodia, focusing on the strategies being employed by each major player, the historical trends behind these methods and the risks they pose for Cambodia. It first provides a brief overview of the 2012 Commune Council elections and the 2013 national elections, then summarizes the litany of political developments – and particularly, the threats leveraged against the opposition – starting during the second half of 2015 and leading up to the present, and finally provides an analysis of the different strategies being utilized by the main political parties – the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) and the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) – before providing a summary of the potential risks for Cambodia if it continues down its current path. This is a summary of a long paper, which provides in-depth analysis; please contact Future Forum for access to the full-length document. 


Release Date: 7 February 2017

Author: Future Forum

2016 Political Analysis - Summary Version - English
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2016 Political Analysis - Summary Version - Khmer
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Snapshot: National Assembly Seat Allocations

This snapshot provides a brief background of the existing legal framework and the formulas for recalculating the number of National Assembly (NA) seats – and their distribution across provinces – as stipulated in the Law on Election of Members of the National Assembly (LEMNA) in the Kingdom of Cambodia. In the context of upcoming national elections due to be held in July 2018, this snapshot argues that the seat numbers and allocation provided for in the latest iteration of the LEMNA are inadequate and provides an alternative figure based solely on population projections. 


Release Date: 30 January 2017

Author: Future Forum

National Assembly Seat Allocation - English
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Briefing Paper: Moving Beyond the January 7 Narrative

Nearly four decades on, January 7th remains by far the most significant fault-line in contemporary Cambodian politics, a pivot-point for two competing political myths. Exploring the origin and content of these myths - which is the focus of this paper - is important because they remain a primary obstacle to the formulation of new politics driven by consensus, dialogue, and mutual respect, rather than the fierce hostility which has characterized Cambodian politics since the country’s independence. As long as Cambodian politicians continue fighting old battles, they will struggle to put forward concrete policies that stand any chance of addressing the challenges of the 21st century.


Release Date: 6 January 2017

Author: Future Forum

Moving Beyond the January 7 Narrative - English
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