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Shawn W. Crispin

Shawn W. Crispin

Shawn W. Crispin is Southeast Asia Columnist at The Diplomat based in Bangkok, Thailand, where he has worked as a journalist and editor for over 16 years. He received a Master’s Degree in Southeast Asian Studies and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in 1999.
Crispin was previously Bangkok Bureau Chief with the Far Eastern Economic Review and Wall Street Journal (Asia), where he reported widely on Southeast Asia’s economy, politics and security. Until recently he served as Southeast Asia Editor at Asia Times Online, where he wrote a regular column and developed an extensive network of contributors comprised of many of the world’s leading Southeast Asia-focused journalists, academics and analysts.
Crispin frequently makes public and private presentations to government agencies, independent think tanks, investment banks and major equity and hedge funds on Thailand’s national level politics. He also previously served as a special political risk consultant to the Control Risks Group, where he provided real time analysis on breaking political and security topics in Thailand.
Crispin currently serves as Senior Southeast Asia Representative to the Committee to Protect Journalists, a New York-based, non-partisan press freedom advocacy group. For the past decade, he has served as spokesperson, advocate and researcher on Southeast Asian press and Internet freedom. Since 2002 Crispin has been on a fourth level police watch list in Thailand for his reporting on perceived as sensitive topics.
A New Era of Intolerance in Thailand?
November 01, 2016
A New Era of Intolerance in Thailand?
Rising nationalism after the king's death could signal worrying days ahead for the country.
A New Era of Intolerance in Thailand?
How Will Thailand Fill its Royal Vacuum?
October 15, 2016
How Will Thailand Fill its Royal Vacuum?
Filling the shoes of the country's revered monarch will be no easy task.
How Will Thailand Fill its Royal Vacuum?
China-Thailand Relations in the Spotlight with Activist Deportation
October 07, 2016
China-Thailand Relations in the Spotlight with Activist Deportation
A recent incident has raised questions about how beholden Bangkok is to Beijing.
China-Thailand Relations in the Spotlight with Activist Deportation
Is Myanmar Still in Cahoots With North Korea?
October 01, 2016
Is Myanmar Still in Cahoots With North Korea?
The state of cooperation between the two countries continues to be an issue of interest.
Is Myanmar Still in Cahoots With North Korea?
US-China Competition in ASEAN on the South China Sea: Who Won This Round?
September 09, 2016
US-China Competition in ASEAN on the South China Sea: Who Won This Round?
A closer look at how the two powers did in the recent round of regional summitry in Laos.
US-China Competition in ASEAN on the South China Sea: Who Won This Round?
The Southern Link in Thailand's Deadly Bombings
September 01, 2016
The Southern Link in Thailand's Deadly Bombings
Evidence points to a connection to the southern Thailand insurgency.
The Southern Link in Thailand's Deadly Bombings
Who's Behind Thailand's Deadly Bomb Blasts?
August 15, 2016
Who's Behind Thailand's Deadly Bomb Blasts?
Early signs suggest that the culprits may be southern insurgents more so than political opponents of the junta.
Who's Behind Thailand's Deadly Bomb Blasts?
What Does Thailand's Referendum Result Mean?
August 08, 2016
What Does Thailand's Referendum Result Mean?
There are competing interpretations about what the "yes" vote represents.
What Does Thailand's Referendum Result Mean?
Will Vietnam File a South China Sea Case Against China?
August 03, 2016
Will Vietnam File a South China Sea Case Against China?
Hanoi may yet take Beijing to court.
Will Vietnam File a South China Sea Case Against China?
The Trouble With Thailand's Upcoming Referendum
July 19, 2016
The Trouble With Thailand's Upcoming Referendum
Doubts, risks, and uncertainties surround the Thai vote.
The Trouble With Thailand's Upcoming Referendum
Thailand’s Post-Coup Foreign Policy: Omnidirectional or Directionless?
June 10, 2016
Thailand’s Post-Coup Foreign Policy: Omnidirectional or Directionless?
What the junta calls strategic diversification may actually be a rather rudderless foreign policy vision.
Thailand’s Post-Coup Foreign Policy: Omnidirectional or Directionless?
Why Obama Blinked on Rights in Vietnam
May 26, 2016
Why Obama Blinked on Rights in Vietnam
The administration has rewarded one the region's least democratic regimes without much progress on rights to show for it.
Why Obama Blinked on Rights in Vietnam
Thailand's Constitutional Referendum: A Hobson's Choice
May 13, 2016
Thailand's Constitutional Referendum: A Hobson's Choice
A climate of fear all but ensures the upcoming vote will be far from an expression of popular will.
Thailand's Constitutional Referendum: A Hobson's Choice
Fishery Disaster Tests Mettle of Vietnam's New Government
May 04, 2016
Fishery Disaster Tests Mettle of Vietnam's New Government
The country's newly appointed premier is dealing with one of its worst ever toxic spills.
Fishery Disaster Tests Mettle of Vietnam's New Government
Interview: Vietnam's 'Other' Political Party
April 08, 2016
Interview: Vietnam's 'Other' Political Party
The Diplomat talks with the spokesman of Vietnam's most prominent unsanctioned political party about the country's politics.
Interview: Vietnam's 'Other' Political Party
China-Thailand Railway Project Gets Untracked
April 01, 2016
China-Thailand Railway Project Gets Untracked
A high-speed rail project between the two countries has been canceled.
China-Thailand Railway Project Gets Untracked
The Truth About ‘Democracy’ in Vietnam Today
March 25, 2016
The Truth About ‘Democracy’ in Vietnam Today
Contrary to some accounts, democracy exists in name only in the country ahead of upcoming legislative polls.
The Truth About ‘Democracy’ in Vietnam Today
Can Thailand's Junta Reverse its Economic Decline?
March 11, 2016
Can Thailand's Junta Reverse its Economic Decline?
Thailand’s military government has ambitious goals, whether it can achieve them is a big question.
Can Thailand's Junta Reverse its Economic Decline?
Islamic State in Thailand: A Phantom Threat?
March 04, 2016
Islamic State in Thailand: A Phantom Threat?
The danger to Thailand is less clear relative to some of its neighbors.
Islamic State in Thailand: A Phantom Threat?
In Thailand, What Does the End of Thaksin's Silence Mean?
February 27, 2016
In Thailand, What Does the End of Thaksin's Silence Mean?
The ex-premier's decision to break his self-imposed silence raises some interesting questions.
In Thailand, What Does the End of Thaksin's Silence Mean?
The Staying Power of Thailand’s Military
February 10, 2016
The Staying Power of Thailand’s Military
The ruling junta is likely to remain in power for the foreseeable future.
The Staying Power of Thailand’s Military
Is China Interfering in Vietnam’s Politics With Its South China Sea Moves?
January 23, 2016
Is China Interfering in Vietnam’s Politics With Its South China Sea Moves?
Some say Beijing is trying to influence the outcome of the Communist Party congress in Vietnam.
Is China Interfering in Vietnam’s Politics With Its South China Sea Moves?
Battling Thailand’s <i>Lese Majeste</i> Crackdown
January 16, 2016
Battling Thailand’s Lese Majeste Crackdown
Thai Lawyers for Human Rights is on the frontlines of challenging the junta’s clampdown on abuses against the monarchy.
Battling Thailand’s Lese Majeste Crackdown
How Will Myanmar's Past Play Into Its Post-Election Future?
December 16, 2015
How Will Myanmar's Past Play Into Its Post-Election Future?
After the opposition's big win, observers are wondering how will it address the country's past.
How Will Myanmar's Past Play Into Its Post-Election Future?
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