Contemporary Southeast Asia Vol. 30, No. 1 (2008), pp. 14043 DOI: 10.1355/cs30-1g © 2008 ISEAS ISSN 0219-797X print / ISSN 1793-284X electronic International Democracy Assistance for Peacebuilding: Cambodia and Beyond. By Sorpong Peou. Basingstoke, England: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. Hardcover: 261pp. Dancing in Shadows: Sihanouk, The Khmer Rouge, and the United Nations in Cambodia. By Benny Widyono. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2008. Softcover: 321pp. Recent studies of Cambodia centre on the Khmer Rouge period, but both books under review cover the more recent period of Cambodia's democratic experiment during and after the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) sponsored elections of 1993. Both are written by two eminently qualified individuals: a seasoned peacekeeper and international bureaucrat originally from Indonesia -- Benny Widyono -- and a Cambodian-Canadian scholar of postconflict peacebuilding and democratization -- Sorpong Peou. To be sure, Widyono's and Peou's books fall under different genres: the former is a vivid autobiographical narrative while the latter is a study teeming with erudition. But they each represent valuable contributions to the body of knowledge on post-conflict Cambodia, as well as the practice and theory of peacebuilding and democratization. Combining them both in a single book review is a
Contemporary Southeast Asia: A Journal of International and Strategic Affairs – Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Published: May 10, 2008
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