Launch Event for the Paris Peace Agreements Report

Join the Stimson Center and the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace for the report launch, The Paris Peace Agreements: Looking Back and Moving Forward. The Paris Peace Agreements (PPAs) are a comprehensive political framework that brought together 19 different state actors and ended more than two decades of protracted conflict and internal strife that devastated Cambodia. They provided a normative framework for democracy that has been recognized in the Cambodian constitution and provided an opportunity to rebuild Cambodia into a modern county integrated into the global community. However, many stakeholders view the PPAs as establishing a benchmark which has not yet been achieved and towards which Cambodians should continue to strive. Thirty years after the signing of the PPAs, it is worth revisiting the way that the agreements were reached and the place that the PPAs have in Cambodia today.

Opening Remarks

Benjamin V. Wohlauer, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy to Cambodia

Before Cambodia, from 2017-2020, Mr. Wohlauer was consul general at the U.S. consulate general in Florence, Italy. Prior to that he served in the State Department’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs as the Director of the Office of Economic Policy. From 2012-15, he was the Deputy Economic Chief at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta. Other overseas postings include Milan, St. Petersburg, Rangoon, and Tokyo.

Brian Eyler, Director, Southeast Asia Program, The Stimson Center

Brian Eyler directs the Southeast Asia Program and the Energy, Water, and Sustainability Program. He is an expert on transboundary issues in the Mekong region and specializes in China’s economic cooperation with Southeast Asia. He spent more than 15 years living and working in China and over the last two decades has conducted extensive research with stakeholders in the Mekong region. His full bio is available here.


Ambassador Pou Sothirak, Executive Director, Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace

Ambassador Pou Sothirak has held the position of Executive Director of the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace since June 2013. He also serves as Advisor to the Royal Government of Cambodia as of February 2014. He was appointed as Secretary of State of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia from September 2013 to January 2014. He served as a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) in Singapore from January 2009 to December 2012.

Bradley J. Murg, Distinguished Senior Research Fellow and Senior Advisor, Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace

Dr. Bradley J. Murg is Distinguished Senior Research Fellow and Senior Advisor at the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace. Additionally, Dr. Murg holds positions as Associate Professor of Political Science at Paragon International University; Senior Academic Advisor at Future Forum; and lead editor of the Journal of Greater Mekong Studies. His work, supported by grants from the Social Science Research Council and the International Research and Exchanges Board, focuses on contemporary international relations in Southeast Asia; the politics of foreign aid; and the political economy of the Greater Mekong Subregion as a whole.

Ms. Pich Charadine, Deputy Executive Director, Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace

Pich Charadine is the Deputy Executive Director the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace (CICP) in charge of Research, Training and Publication and concurrently serving as the Coordinator of the Global Center for Mekong Studies (GCMS-Cambodia Center, an official Track II think tank network of Lancang-Mekong Cooperation). She was nominated to the 2019 US Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) on ASEAN-Nations of the South China Sea –Sovereignty and Rules-based Order.

Moderated By

William Wise, Non-resident Fellow and Chair of the Southeast Asia Forum, the Stimson Center

William M. Wise chairs the Stimson Center’s Southeast Asia Forum, a project to promote the study of Southeast Asia at colleges, universities and research centers in the Mid-Atlantic region. He is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Stimson Center, affiliated with the Southeast Asia Program.Professor Wise’s government and teaching career focused on defense, security and intelligence issues in Asia. From 2005 to 2019 he managed the Southeast Asia Studies program at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, and taught courses on Southeast Asia and intelligence problems in Asia. See his full biography here.

Courtney Weatherby, Deputy Director, Southeast Asia Program, The Stimson Center

Courtney Weatherby is theDeputy Director of the Stimson Center’s Southeast Asia Program and a Research Analyst with the Energy, Water, & Sustainability program. Her research focuses on sustainable infrastructure and energy development challenges in Southeast Asia and the Indo-Pacific, particularly at the nexus of issues in food, water, and energy in the Greater Mekong Subregion. She supports the War Legacies Working Group, which forms partnerships to address issues related to unexploded ordnance, Agent Orange, and mine clearance in the broad theater of the Vietnam War. Her full bio is available here.

This event and the Paris Peace Agreements report are generously supported by a grant from the U.S. Embassy in Cambodia.

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