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A Tiger Rules the Mountain

Cambodia’s Pursuit of Democracy

Gordon Conochie

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Monash University Publishing
15 July 2023
Cambodia’s Hun Sen is the world’s longest-serving prime minister, in power since 1985. In 2013, Sen’s rule came under threat when the exiled opposition leader, Sam Rainsy, unexpectedly returned just before a national election. One hundred thousand supporters hailed him at the airport as protests swept the country. On election day, millions voted for change. This narrative non-fiction account tells the dramatic story of that election and the subsequent multi-year wrestle for power, right through to the dramatic events of the present day.

This is Cambodia through the lens of the human stories. Gordon Conochie lived and worked in the country and interviewed many involved in the events, including government officials, journalists, young human-rights activists and opposition politicians. The story he finds is both complex and riveting: Cambodia’s history is riven with trauma yet there is a powerful and swelling appetite for change. Looking ahead to Cambodia’s future and the role of democracy in South-East Asia, Conochie examines whether we will continue to see a backslide in liberal democracy or if the region could gradually be on the path to a more liberal future.

‘An intriguing kaleidoscope of Cambodian voices, giving enriching insights into why the country is still so far from becoming the true democracy its people need and deserve.’ – Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC KC, former Australian foreign minister

‘Gordon Conochie has written an incisive personal account of the past decade of Cambodian politics, detailing Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruthless consolidation of power and the closing-over of the country’s few remaining glades of freedom. Rich with the voices of ordinary people and keenly attuned to the country’s cultural and social dynamics, A Tiger Rules the Mountain is vital reading for anyone wanting to understand where Cambodia has come from, and where it might be going.’ – Sebastian Strangio, journalist and author of Cambodia: From Pol Pot to Hun Sen and Beyond

‘A must-read, at times gripping and remarkable ringside view of the last decade of Cambodia’s fight for the survival of democracy under a Leviathan Prime Minister who no longer brooks dissent.’ – Professor Sophal Ear, PhD

‘A gritty, from-the-ground-up view of recent Cambodian politics, which privileges the voices of ordinary Cambodians. Meticulously researched and spun into a gripping story by Conochie, this is a vital piece of narrative non-fiction and social history.’  – Dr Tom Doig, University of Queensland

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Imprint:   Monash University Publishing
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   400g
ISBN:   9781922633903
ISBN 10:   1922633909
Pages:   384
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Gordon Conochie is an adjunct research fellow at La Trobe University and a former journalist. Born in Scotland, he has master's degrees in politics and international relations. In Cambodia, he worked with the Ministry of Education, UNICEF and the World Bank. He now works in mental health services in Melbourne.

Reviews for A Tiger Rules the Mountain: Cambodia’s Pursuit of Democracy

An intriguing kaleidoscope of Cambodian voices, giving enriching insights into why the country is still so far from becoming the true democracy its long-suffering people need and deserve. -- Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC KC A must-read, at times gripping and remarkable ringside view of the last decade of Cambodia's fight for the survival of democracy under a Leviathan Prime Minister who no longer brooks dissent. -- Professor Sophal Ear, PhD A gritty, from-the-ground-up view of recent Cambodian politics, which privileges the voices of ordinary Cambodians. Meticulously researched and spun into a gripping story by Conochie, this is a vital piece of narrative non-fiction and social history. -- Dr Tom Doig University of Queensland


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