Foreign Policy Blogs

Archive by Author

The Morality of Power and Wealth

The Morality of Power and Wealth


As one of the godfathers of modern neoliberalism, it would be interesting to get Columbia University Professor Jeffery Sachs’ take on the recent government crackdown on protesting garment factory workers in Cambodia. …

read more

Southeast Asia 2013 Review: A Region Deprived of Leaders and Hope

Southeast Asia 2013 Review: A Region Deprived of Leaders and Hope


Until very recently, Ou Virak was President of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights. Being a human rights activist in Cambodia, a country with too many abuses in that category to possibly list here, is quite the daunting task. The government of …

read more

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: How the 1% Continues to Steal Us Blind

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: How the 1% Continues to Steal Us Blind


As ordinary Americans are continuously distracted by Holiday shopping deals, Dancing With the Stars, and things in their own, personal lives, the wealthy one percent class of elites that we hear so much about has kept its eye on the prize. Ordinary …

read more

Snap Election Called in Thailand

Snap Election Called in Thailand


Unable to mollify ongoing demonstrations staged by anti-government protestors throughout Bangkok over the past several weeks, Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved Parliament on Monday and called for snap elections to take place in the beginning of February.
The announcement from the country’s …

read more

Rough Sledding for Yingluck

Rough Sledding for Yingluck


If you thought U.S. President Barack Obama was suffering from a political crisis in the wake of his problematic healthcare rollout, you should see the situation in Thailand these days for beleaguered Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. A day after the World Court …

read more

Climate Change and Corruption

Climate Change and Corruption


Every year, roughly between August and November, the monsoon season hits Southeast Asia as a matter of fact. Despite this constant and consistent phenomenon, the corrupt governments which proliferate throughout the region

read more

Memo to America: Stay Out of Cambodia

Memo to America: Stay Out of Cambodia


There is an infamous line from a speech made by U.S. President Lyndon Johnson at Johns Hopkins University in 1965 during which he was attempting to rationalize American involvement in Southeast Asia to the …

read more

Anti-Imperialist Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap (1911-2013)

Anti-Imperialist Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap (1911-2013)


General Vo Nguyen Giap, anti-imperialist hero and commander of the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) during the struggle against French colonialism and America’s decade long war against his country died on October 4. He was 102.
Giap was a self-taught military strategist who masterminded …

read more

Those Dictators We Love

Those Dictators We Love


White House press secretary Jay Carney offered a sharp rebuttal of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s op-ed in The New York Times recently by saying, “unlike Russia, the United States stands …

read more

Deadly Day of Protests in Cambodia

Deadly Day of Protests in Cambodia


One person was killed and several others were injured after a day of protests in Cambodia turned deadly Sunday night. Mao Chan, 29, was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene of Monivong Bridge when a faction of demonstrators …

read more

Moral Obscenities and American Hypocrisy

Moral Obscenities and American Hypocrisy


As I watched Secretary of State John Kerry stand before the lectern last Monday afternoon and give an impassioned speech decrying the use of chemical weapons in Syria, I was briefly transported back in time to about two years ago. I was …

read more

Taking it to the Streets, Again

Taking it to the Streets, Again


BANGKOK — Pictured above is Thailand’s “Democracy Monument,” an ironic name for a memorial in a country which has had ten coup d’états since it abolished the absolute monarchy in 1932. Indeed, it …

read more

Cambodian Opposition Claims Electoral Fraud

Cambodian Opposition Claims Electoral Fraud


It is typically customary for politicians who emerge victorious in elections to give victory speeches and revel in the adulation of supporters once the results of the ballot are officially called.  But in the immediate aftermath of last week’s general election in …

read more

Cambodian Ruling Party Wins But Opposition Gains

Cambodian Ruling Party Wins But Opposition Gains


The ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has recorded a victory in Cambodia’s 2013 general election amidst widespread irregularities. Government spokesman Khieu Kanharith announced via Facebook, confirmed by independent sources, that the CPP won 68 seats, enough to give them a safe majority …

read more

Royal Pardon for Cambodian Opposition Leader

Royal Pardon for Cambodian Opposition Leader


PHNOM PENH — Sam Rainsy, the leader of the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) returned to the country this past Friday, July 19th, after receiving a royal pardon from Cambodia’s monarch, King Norodom Sihamoni. The 64-year old opposition leader went into self-imposed …

read more

About the Author

Tim LaRocco
Tim LaRocco

Tim LaRocco is an adjunct professor of political science at St. Joseph's College in New York. He was previously a Southeast Asia based journalist and his articles have appeared in a variety of political affairs publications. He is also the author of "Hegemony 101: Great Power Behavior in the Regional Domain" (Lambert, 2013). Tim splits his time between Long Island, New York and Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Twitter: @TheRealMrTim.

GreadDecisions in foreign policy discussion group ad v2