Cambodia: Twenty Years After Peace

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AAADS is co-sponsoring

Cambodia: Twenty Years After Peace… A Symposium               

On October 23, 1991, a comprehensive political settlement, also known as the Paris Peace Agreement, was signed and endorsed by eighteen countries.  It brought an end to the decade-long war in Cambodia, and paved the way for the 1993 UN endorsed elections in Cambodia.

The last two decades since the end of war have witnessed the nation’s valiant post-genocide and post-war struggle to rebuild communities and institutions, economic liberalization and growth, a burgeoning civil society, and proliferation of rights discourse.  They have also seen the resurgence of conflict, widening class disparity, and persisting challenge with key reforms, accountability and governance.

This convening marks the 20th anniversary of the Paris Agreement.  It brings together key “history makers,” academics and researchers, policy analysts, and rights advocates to discuss present day Cambodia, twenty years after the peace settlement.    Topics include law and democracy, economic development and human security, human rights and transitional justice, and the role of diasporas in peace building and national reconstruction.


Ambassador Richard Solomon                    Ambassador Solomon is President of the United States Institute of Peace. He was Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs (1989-1992) during which time he negotiated the Cambodia peace treaty, the first United Nations “Permanent Five” peacemaking agreement.  He previously served as a senior staff member of the National Security Council.

Dr. Surya Subedi                                              Professor Subedi is United Nations Special Rapporteur For Human Rights in Cambodia and a Member of the Advisory Group on Human Rights to the British Secretary of State For Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  He is Professor of Law at the University of Leeds.

Mr. Brad Adams                                              Mr. Adams is Executive Director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia Division. He worked in Cambodia for five years as the senior lawyer for the Cambodia field office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and legal advisor to the Cambodian parliament.

Ms. Heather Ryan                                            Ms. Ryan was the Monitor for the Khmer Rouge Tribunal with the Open Society Justice Initiative.

Mr. Joel Brinkley                                            Mr. Brinkley is Professor of Journalism at Stanford University and author of Cambodia’s Curse.   He was a New York Times reporter, editor and Pulitzer Prize winning foreign correspondent.

Mr. Van Sar                                                       Mr. Van Sar is a founding member of the Khmer Alliance Foundation

Mr. Tung Yap                                                   Mr. Yap is Chair of Cambodians For Human Rights and Democracy


WHEN:  November 19, 2011 (8:30a-5:30p)

WHERE: The Home Room, International House, 2299 Piedmont Avenue Berkeley

Co-Sponsored byThe University of California, Berkeley Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, Center For Southeast Asian Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies/International and Area Studies, Institute For International Studies, The Human Rights Center, The International House.   

For more information, please contact Professor Khatharya Um at This event is free to the public.