My dear Kacvey,

This is a book which is co-authored by a Cambodian-American, Sophal Ear, that your students MUST read and reflect on the issue of China’s influence on the current autocratic leadership in Cambodia:
The Hungry Dragon – How China’s resource quest is reshaping the world
by Sigfrido Burgos Cáceras and Sophal Ear.
Published by Routledge, United Kingdom and USA

A “Country Case Studies” on Cambodia runs from page 97 to page 118.

From the opening page of the book:
“This book explores China’s quest for energy sources, raw materials and natural resources around the world, with a specific emphasis on oil. China’s ubiquitous presence in Africa, Asia and Latin America is reshaping the world with regards to economics, politics and national security. It offers a comprehensive examination of China’s energy security strategy.

“The first two chapters delve into Chinese relations with energy markets and the world, and the global geopolitics of China’s resource quest. This introductory section is complemented by three in-depth country case studies: Angola, Brazil and Cambodia. The two concluding chapters cover opportunities and risks to China, and examine how strategies can be developed into tangible actions.

“This book offers a number of overlapping debates regarding the varieties of capitalisms (autocratic vs.democratic), the urgent need for rebalancing as the world undergoes global financial crises and contestations to traditional powers, and the issues surrounding natural resource extraction in the context of global governance, neoliberalism and poverty traps.

Key Features
· Offers an in-depth analysis on the geopolitics of China’s resource quest.
· Assists students and scholars in understanding the Chinese model of autocratic capitalism and China’s novel ways of securing resources across three continents.
· Explains China’s energy security strategy and its implications on US national security.
· Explores the links between international relations and the geopolitics of scarcity.

Sigfrido Burgos Cáceres works at the University of South Alabama and is a consultant specializing in international development and foreign affairs. From 2007 to 2012 he was based in Rome, Italy, at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. He lives in Mobile with his wife.

Sophal Ear is an Assistant Professor of National Security Affairs at the US Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California. He is the author of Aid Dependence in Cambodia: How Foreign Assistance Undermines Democracy (Columbia University Press).”