Anakut is a podcast about Cambodia, where it stands today and where it's moving into the future. In each episode, we invite new guests into our studio to discuss a major thematic issue affecting the Kingdom of Wonder. The podcast is a Southeast Asia Globe production partnership Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Cambodia. Join us for the conversation!
Pearl of Asia
In this episode, Globe Editor-in-Chief Andrew Haffner and his co-host Dy Sereyvoleak explore Phnom Penh’s role in shaping Cambodia’s contemporary culture, focusing on the city’s role in bringing art, music and other creative pursuits to the eyes, ears, and minds of the public. It may not rival global cultural giants like New York or Paris, but it undoubtedly plays a pivotal role in shaping popular taste and media in Cambodia.
The duo take a look at Phnom Penh’s evolving infrastructure supporting artistic endeavours, from art and music to various other lanes of creative craftsmanship. In the process, we hear from Sok Visal, founder of the music label and film production studio KlapYaHandz, and Yean Reaksmey, an art history lecturer, curator and critic. They also caught up with Sievphin Chong, better known as his alter ego Peace Chong, an independent musician and digital culture creator. All share some unique perspectives on Cambodian culture evolution.
China's Belt & Road Initiative in Cambodia
The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) started with lofty ambitions.
This massive China-led infrastructure project has been called one of the most “one of the most ambitious infrastructure projects ever conceived.” The vast network of overland corridors and maritime shipping routes was announced in 2013 by president Xi Jinping, and based on the Silk Road, one of the world’s original trade routes and a critical source of connectivity between Asia and the Mediterranean and European world. In Cambodia, Prime Minister Hun Sen has called on his Chinese counterparts for funding over the next couple of years as he pushes for the country's ascent from a low-income to a middle-income country. But while positive aspects of improved infrastructure are clear, underlying problems with land tenure and other rights could stifle success.
To help explore some key concepts of BRI, today’s episode focuses on the new expressway running between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville on the coast, the location of the country’s only deep water port and the site of ambitions to make a second major city in the Kingdom.
Public Education in Cambodia
Covid-19 resulted in a loss of 250 days of school for Cambodian students. With a focus on the status of public education post-pandemic, we spoke with Chhun Vyrada, a teacher and fellow with Teach for Cambodia and Ou Sokhim, the Education and Technical Lead at Aide et Action, an education non-profit, to learn what the learning outcomes are for students who lost out on a year of educational opportunities.
Women in Politics and Policy
The Cambodian government has an increasing number of female representatives, as well as a Ministry of Women’s Affairs, but major hurdles remain in place limiting actual participation in governance. To help tackle these questions, we invited Chanthol Oung, Executive Director of the Women's Media Centre of Cambodia and
You Sotheary, Founder of the Next Women Generation platform to share their experiences and reflections on women’s issues, the current state of women in politics, and their hopes for the future.
Urban Planning: Building the future of Phnom Penh
Powering the Kingdom: Cambodia's Energy Mix
Inside look into Cambodia
Anakut is a great listen. It offers an on the ground look into whats happening in Cambodia.