Activities

- Program on Civil Society
- Program on Civil-Military Relations
- Program on Economic Development
- Program on Foreign Policy and International Relations
- Program on the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS)
- Program on ASEAN
- Program on WTO
- The Toshu Fukami Center for Japan Studies and Management
- Program on Policy Dialogue on Cambodia Competition Law and Policy

In the eleven years that CICP has been in existence, the institute has undertaken a broad range of programs in order to fulfill its mandate. In this regard, CICP has concentrated on six main program areas with the intention of achieving specific objectives as outlined previously. An overview of these programs is provided alphabetically below:

 
1- Program on Civil Society

CICP has been at the forefront of promoting research and dialogue on issues related to civil society in Cambodia. In the process, CICP has accumulated an assortment of publications reflecting the work it has done in this area. Topics covered in the institute's publications on civil society relate to democracy in Cambodia, rural credit, national elections, the roles of think-tanks, NGO's and advocacy groups, as well as the role of the media.

Building on what it has already accomplished in this area of study, CICP intends to continue to add to the discourse pertaining to issues on civil society. In this respect, CICP has formulated new project proposals to encompass research in the area of civil society in Cambodia. In general, the objectives of this project are to examine, reflect upon, rethink, discuss and envision the role of civil society in shaping the future of Cambodia through the promotion of human rights, democracy and good governance. Activities of the project will include conducting research, organizing group discussions/workshops, compiling an inventory of literature related to these issues, building a network for the exchange of information, compiling a compendium of institutions whose activities are concentrated on these issues, and hosting conferences.

 
2- Program on Civil-Military Relations

This program has resulted from a more recent initiative of CICP. This program has been proposed in the context of Cambodia's recent historical experience regarding this issue. Over the course of the last three decades, Cambodians have been subjected to a series of military interventions and a protracted civil war. The military build-up over the years has resulted in a disproportionately large military force in the country. Attempts by recent Cambodian administrations to pursue military reform have been hampered by the country's political instability and only now does a renewed effort in this regard appear possible. Events over the past year or so that give cause for increased optimism for military reform have included the demise of the Khmer Rouge and the formation of the new Royal Government in November 1998.

CICP's proposed program intends to pursue objectives relating to key issues arising from these developments. The program's goals include promoting confidence-building between the people and the military, promoting a better understanding between various civil groups and the military, promoting transparency and good governance in the military, monitoring the demobilization program, promoting a greater role for the National Assembly and the Senate with respect to defense and security issues, promoting the integration of military institutions into democratic society, and promoting debate on the future role and responsibility of the military, as well as contributing to military reform.

 
3- Program on Economic Development

CICP has completed an extensive amount of research related to issues of economic development as they apply to Cambodia. The resulting collection of publications focusing on this topic area refer to opportunities and challenges in Cambodia, trade, investment, economic policies and strategies in the context of ASEAN, the ASEAN Free Trade Area, and the Agreement on Common Effective Preferential Tariffs, as well as the impact of the Asian financial crisis on Cambodia.

 
4- Program on Foreign Policy and International Relations

Cambodia's past isolation in terms of its relations with its regional neighbours and the international community as a whole came to an end for all intents and purposes, with the country's integration into ASEAN in April 1999. The opportunities this presents for the country is countered however, by the fact that Cambodia is not fully prepared to take advantage of these opportunities because of a lack of resources and skills. To address such inadequacies and other challenges this development brings, CICP has organized a number of meetings in order to create a dialogue on these issues. Additionally, CICP has recently formulated a new proposal for a project entitled "Cambodia's ASEAN Integration." This project is consisted of three main components (Research and Dissemination, Training, and Promotion of Dialogue on ASEAN) and is proposed to extend over a period of two years.

Collected works on this topic area published by CICP include references to Cambodia's participation in ASEAN, the "One Southeast Asia" initiative, policy issues related to the Asia-Pacific region, and Asia- Europe relation.

 
5- Program on the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS)

This program is one of the more recent initiatives undertaken by CICP. This program focuses on the role of Cambodia in the GMS, as well as the challenges confronting this subregional framework. To date, this initiative has consisted primarily of CICP's co-sponsorship of an international conference entitled, "The Greater Mekong Subregion: Political and Security Implications for ASEAN" in July 1999. Besides Cambodia, the conference was attended by representatives from China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam, as well as scholars from Korea, Malaysia and Singapore. Additionally, keynote addresses were made by Mr. Kazu Sakai of the Asian Development Bank, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and the ASEAN Secretary General H.E. Rodolfo Severino.

The conference addressed issues of political and security dimensions in terms of the implications they have on the countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion in particular, as well as in relation to ASEAN countries as a whole. In this respect, problems of illegal arms trade and other cross border trade, illegal migration, environmental pollution, and the threat to health with regard to the spread of HIV/AIDS were discussed in terms of the political and security implications they present for the GMS. More generally, the aim of the conference was to consider the status and reality of the GMS in terms of its present position with respect to ASEAN and the Asia-Pacific Cooperation (APEC), as well as its current position within the context of the regional financial crisis.

 
6- Program on ASEAN

CICP conducted series of Public Forums including 10 forums covering Cambodia and ASEAN to make assessment of Cambodia's integration during 5 years as membership of ASEAN and to raise public awareness on ASEAN. At the end of year 2004, a National Conference on Cambodia and ASEAN: Five Years Later, was conducted by joint cooperation between Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace (CICP) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) on 21-22 December 2004 at The Council for Development of Cambodia Conference Hall, The Government Palace, Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh.

The conference discussed the opportunities and challenges of Cambodia's membership in ASEAN during the five years.. This conference was a result achieved from the 10 roundtable discussions CICP had conducted throughout the year. More than 200 participants attended this conference. At the end of the programme a publication of speeches and comments made during the series of forums and the National Conference will be compiled and edited in a book for dissemination to the government and other stakeholders.

7- Program on WTO

After 10 years of hard work in negotiation, Cambodia has been admitted as member of the WTO in October 2004. Cambodia's entry as a full member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) tests the groundwork on whether poor countries in the world would be better off or worse by becoming new members of the global free trade body

The programme consists of 10 series of Public Forums and a National Conference in 2005 and aims at three main objectives. First, this programme will highlights the important role of CICP and FES in promoting public awareness and better understanding of WTO, in advocating for Cambodia's integration into global economy and in formulating policy recommendations on TWO, and in promoting Cambodia-WTO relations. Second, this is to assess, update and inform the public as well as the policymakers from other sectors of the society on the evolution and changes within WTO in recent years. Third, this programme would focus on specific topics for each forum that provide opportunities for participants to interact and provide ideas and recommendations to reap maximum benefit of WTO membership. At the end of the programme a publication of speeches and comments made during the series of forums and the National Conference will be compiled and edited in a book for dissemination to the government and other stakeholders.

 
8- The Toshu Fukami Center for Japan Studies and Management

The Toshu Fukami Center for Japan Studies and Management provides wide-ranging activities from lectures and seminars to training courses and research, as well as translation (of Japanese work into Khmer), publications and networking. This Center serves as a knowledge base to promote public awareness in Cambodia on Japanese economic development, international relation, management and leadership as well as culture and arts.

 
9- Program on Policy Dialogue on Cambodia Competition Law and Policy

Cambodia lacks knowledge in competition policy and is still in the early stage in formulating competition policies. In cooperation with Consumer Union and Trust Society (CUTS)- India , the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace organized series of workshops and training on Competition Policy in 2006. The program includes 2 half-day workshops ant two training programs. The project provided opportunities and platforms for dialogues and raising awareness on "Issues of and Needs for Cambodia Competition Law," while the law itself is now reportedly being drafted by Ministry of Commerce. The first and second policy forums on "Issues and Needs for Cambodia Competition Law" dealt with concerned ministries and the parliament respectively that creates the law and monitors the enforcement of the law. The forum and training enabled representatives from both institutions (government's ministries and parliament) media and the public to explore, to share their views, to understand and to learn about the issues which might arise while the law is enforced and the needs to have the law enforced.