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Dancing in Shadows: Sihanouk, the Khmer Rouge, and the United Nations in Cambodia

Dancing in Shadows: Sihanouk, the Khmer Rouge, and the United Nations in Cambodia (Paperback)

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This fascinating book recounts the remarkable tale of a career UN official caught in the turmoil of international and domestic politics swirling around Cambodia after the fall of the Khmer Rouge. First as a member of the UN transitional authority and then as a personal envoy to the UN secretary-general, Benny Widyono re-creates the fierce battles for power centering on King Norodom Sihanouk, the Khmer Rouge, and Prime Minister Hun Sen. He also sets the international context, arguing that great-power geopolitics throughout the Cold War and post-Cold War eras triggered and sustained a tragedy of enormous proportions in Cambodia for decades, leading to a flawed peace process and the decline of Sihanouk as a dominant political figure. Putting a human face on international operations, this book will be invaluable reading for anyone interested in Southeast Asia, the role of international peacekeeping, and the international response to genocide.

BiographyTrue storiesHistory & PoliticsMilitary StudiesWar & defence operationsPeacekeeping operationsHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentInternational relationsInternational institutions Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publication Date: 23/10/2007 ISBN-13: 9780742555532  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Benny Widyono, born in Indonesia to ethnic Chinese parents, was a career UN diplomat. He was a peacekeeper with UNTAC from 1992 to 1993 and representative of the UN secretary-general in Cambodia from 1994 to 1997. He holds a Ph.D. in economics and wrote this book while a visiting scholar at the Kahin Center on Advanced Research on Southeast Asia at Cornell University.

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