The ideas of liberty are most crucial in the places where people have been most oppressed. Cambodia was home to one of the most brutal 20th century totalitarian regimes, the Khmer Rouge, which killed an estimated 21 percent of the population — 1.7 million lives — in the space of only four years. Some of the perpetrators were brought to justice less than a year ago, so the nation’s legacy of violent communism is in many ways still a fresh memory. The path to a prosperous new future for Cambodia is built from individual rights, free markets, and peace.
A new organization in Cambodia, The Professional Research Institute for Management and Economics (PRIME), brought Tom G. Palmer, Atlas Network’s executive vice president for international programs, to deliver a weeklong series of seminars about freedom and sound economics. Palmer also shared his experiences with the liberty movement throughout Asia and explained how other research institutes in the region “have addressed the regional challenges in undertaking and publishing high-level economic research.”
Palmer’s visit included a seminar for international relations students at Zaman University, a workshop with the International Republican Institute's Future Leaders program, a seminar for Cambodian public officials, and a lecture for the Politikoffee economic discussion group. Throughout these events, Palmer distributed copies of a portion of his book Why Liberty, translated into the Khmer language.
“PRIME wishes to thank all of those involved in making Dr. Palmer’s visit to Cambodia such a success, and for supporting the launch of the Professional Research Institute of Management and Economics,” PRIME’s Director of English Gabrielle Ward wrote in her coverage of the week. “PRIME looks forward to further establishing itself as a foremost research and educational institute in Cambodia and South East Asia.”