Cambodia among ASEAN countries, Flckr in Wikimedia Commons

By Chheang Vannarith

Khmer Times-Oct 5

The foreign policy of small states is constrained by the size and location of the country and its natural resources and population. Small states are more vulnerable to external changes and shocks, the level of dependency on external sources for security and development, and the perception of their national roles.  Size does matter for small states. They find it difficult to have favorable foreign policy outcomes than larger nations. To make up for this, small states tend to focus on their immediate geographic area and economic diplomacy, with an emphasis on international rules and norms, while promoting multilateralism and international cooperation.

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First published in: Khmer Times