For the first time, Cambodia’s struggle to deal with its tragic past is put into global context through an examination of the growing of literature in this area, and comparisons with the experiences of such countries as Chile, Argentina, Rwanda, South Africa, and East Timor. The heart of this study is analysis of the extensive data collected by DC-Cam’s magazine, Searching for the Truth, in the course of a public survey of its Cambodian readers in 2002. The author provides insight into the attitudes and perceptions of ordinary Cambodians on a range of issues relating to the Khmer Rouge: accountability, revenge, forgiveness, reconciliation, and their vision for the future.

Funding provided by the OSI Development Foundation, the United Kingdom, US Agency for International Development (USAID), and Sida (Sweden).