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- DescriptionDiplomatic relations between Cambodia and Britain at the height of the Cold War provide unique insights into the overall foreign policies of both nations. King Norodom Sihauk's strategy of preserving the independence and integrity of Cambodia through a policy of neutrality grew ever more challenging as the Cold War heated up in Indochina and the conflict in Vietnam became a proxy war between the superpowers. Despite its alliance with the United States, Britain's diplomatic objectives in the region largely aligned with Cambodia's, and British criticism of US policy towards Cambodia was a problem in the alliance. British diplomatic records present a fascinating window into Cambodian decision-making, and the rationale behind Sihauk's sometimes apparently irrational policies. The reports yield new insights into Sihauk's efforts to sustain Cambodia's integrity vis-a-vis its more powerful neighbours. Equally, a fine-grained analysis of British-Cambodia relations reveals much about the dynamics of British foreign policy in the period. Britain's ultimate dependence on its powerful American ally limited its influence in the region. After 1967, indeed, it ceased to have a strategic role. Over the period, British frustrations grew, even as it remained consistent in its foreign policy objectives and approaches.
- Author BiographyNicholas Tarling was Professor of History at the University of Auckland (1968-97) and has since been a Fellow of its New Zealand Asia Institute.
- Author(s)Nicholas Tarling
- PublisherNUS Press
- Date of Publication01/07/2014
- SubjectInternational Relations
- Place of PublicationSingapore
- Country of PublicationSingapore
- ImprintNUS Press
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
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