Conflict resolution and rural Cambodia. From utopia to reality. A way of thinking about an ideal, peaceful state A device for exploring how close we are to ‘peace’ A way of appreciating the importance of conflict the poverty of our understanding. Value of utopias. Acknowledgments.
2,756,941 tons of bombs
An undated photograph shows forced laborers digging canals in Kampong Cham province, part of the massive agrarian infrastructure the Khmer Rouge planned for the country.
An incumbent government (SOC) was being asked to surrender power, an armed insurgency…was being asked to disarm itself, and both were being asked to take part in what for most Cambodians were novel democratic processes.UN AIMS 1
Demobilize 200,000 soldiers in 650 locations (with 250,000 militia in almost every village)
Many of these were new undertakings for the UN, and all had to be accomplished within an 18-month period.
It is not surprising, then, that, in retrospect, Gareth Evans, Australian Foreign Minister and one of the main initiators of the peace plan, should describe the mandate as `overly ambitious and in some respects clearly not achievable' (1994, 27).
from Miall, H., O. Ramsbotham, et al. (1999). Contemporary conflict resolution : the prevention, management and transformation of deadly conflicts. Malden, Mass., Polity Press. P 192-193UN AIMS 3
meanwhile UNDP long term work on decentralisation of decision-making
need to develop awareness of ‘compassionate donors’ and taxpayers re conflict