Journal of Southeast Asian Studies


The K5 Gamble: National Defence and Nation Building under the People's Republic of Kampuchea

Margaret Slocomb a1
a1 P.O. Box 2684, Phnom Penh 3, Cambodia,


The K5 Plan for the defence of the Cambodian–Thai border was the response of the People's Republic of Kampuchea and its Vietnamese mentors to the threat posed by the resistance forces, particularly the Khmer Rouge, to its efforts to rebuild the nation and consolidate its administration. The very real defence gains, however, were made at the cost of bitter popular resentment over the way those gains were made.