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A lesson on peace building from the Cambodia-Thailand border

President Obama’s meeting with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and other world leaders in November was an opportunity for Asian countries to discuss international relations. Meanwhile, civil society representatives of those countries took the opportunity to hold their own regional meetings in Phnom Penh, discussing the issues they wanted to raise to regional and world leaders.

To build international peace, many agreed, Asian leaders must focus on solving internal conflict first.

Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Identity Program

Youth from Cambodia and Vietnam sing a song of peace.

Youth from Cambodia and Vietnam sing a song of peace at the 4th Vietnam-Cambodia Dialogue in Sihanoukville.



Peace Walk Thailand-Cambodia

The peace march begins on the Cambodian side of the border with Thailand.

Established in 1980, AFSC operates its Asia Regional office out of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, providing humanitarian relief, development and peace building initiatives for communities recovering from war and conflict throughout the region.

In Cambodia, AFSC continues to support learning opportunities for local non-governmental organization partners and government officials, and collaborates with various organizations on exchange programs dealing with conflicts related to the environment, foreign investment, civil society building and other peace efforts.

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