This year is the 30th anniversary of the Paris Peace Agreements (PPA). Signed on October 23rd 1991 by representatives of the four Cambodian conflict factions, the UN and 18 other nations these agreements were originally celebrated as the first diplomatic victory of the post-Cold War era and a symbol of the global political change to come.
What does the much cited “spirit” of the Paris Peace Agreements mean to the very people meant to be inspired by it? Where do they see the country’s progress vis-à-vis its promise?
In cooperation with Future Forum and New Mandala, researcher and lecturer in the Department of Political and Social Change at ANU, Dr Katrin Travouillon has invited young Cambodian researchers to share their perspectives on the legacy of the Paris Peace Agreements 30 years on. Their reflections are guided by their engagement with archival records that document the UN mission to Cambodia, designed to implement the Paris Peace Agreements from 1992-93, including contemporary radio programs, internal UN reports, newspapers, campaign speeches, and letters.
This project is supported by the Asia Pacific Innovation Program at the College of Asia and the Pacific in the Australian National University