Summer Junior Resident Fellowship Program
On Monday 29th of June, the annual Summer Junior Resident Fellowship Program commenced at the Center for Khmer Studies. Under the guidance of senior political scientist Dr. Markus Karbaum, students from Cambodia, the United States, and France gathered to study contemporary Cambodia and learn from each other’s cultures and experiences. Until 7th of August, each student will develop his own research project with subjects covering different fields such as political science, arts, anthropology, and history. Students from abroad will also learn the Khmer language, which will prove helpful for their fieldwork in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. Additional fieldtrips – to the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, the Royal Palace and the Angkor archaeological park – will offer invaluable insights and new perspectives from their academic points of reference.
CKS welcomed Mr. Ali Al-Nasani
On the 13th of July, the CKS Summer Junior Resident fellowship Program welcomed Mr. Ali Al-Nasani, Country Director of Cambodia-based Heinrich Böll Foundation. Ali, an international human rights expert, outlined the traditions of human rights in Asia and they roots in Hinduism, Confucianism, Buddhism and Shintoism. “Human rights were not developed in western countries” he stated, noting that some contributors to the “Asian Values” debate only question the application of human rights in Asia with political intentions, however. In the subsequent Q&A session, the students discussed the relationship between human rights and development, the impact of the new NGO Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations, as well as the extent which an international organization can or cannot be involved in a country in light of its political situation.