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Luke Hunt

He has served as bureau chief for Agence France-Presse in Cambodia and in Afghanistan during the Taliban occupation where he was commended by the United Nations for the ‘best and most insightful’ coverage of the Afghan civil war.

Follow him on Twitter at @lukeanthonyhunt.

Indonesia’s New Capital Challenge Kicks Off
September 13, 2019
Indonesia’s New Capital Challenge Kicks Off
The announcement on moving the country’s capital is only the beginning of one of the most ambitious infrastructure ventures in its history.
Indonesia’s New Capital Challenge Kicks Off
Timor-Leste: Between Dreadful Past and Hopeful Future
September 06, 2019
Timor-Leste: Between Dreadful Past and Hopeful Future
20 years after the holding of a UN-backed referendum, there remains much work to do in Timor-Leste.
Timor-Leste: Between Dreadful Past and Hopeful Future
Australia in ASEAN: An Ever-Floating Idea Without a Clear Case?
August 29, 2019
Australia in ASEAN: An Ever-Floating Idea Without a Clear Case?
While the idea has been advanced for years in certain circles, it remains unclear what this would actually achieve.
Australia in ASEAN: An Ever-Floating Idea Without a Clear Case?
A Conversation on the Mekong and a Changing Southeast Asia
August 28, 2019
A Conversation on the Mekong and a Changing Southeast Asia
Luke Hunt speaks to Milton Osborne about the threat to the Mekong River amid a changing environment in the subregion.
A Conversation on the Mekong and a Changing Southeast Asia
Mekong River Strikes Another Record Low
August 20, 2019
Mekong River Strikes Another Record Low
Recent developments have once again spotlighted the river's growing plight.
Mekong River Strikes Another Record Low
Nuon Chea: Remembering the Legacy of the Khmer Rouge’s Chief Ideologue
August 06, 2019
Nuon Chea: Remembering the Legacy of the Khmer Rouge’s Chief Ideologue
The death of one of the genocidal regime’s remaining leaders has once again highlighted a dark chapter in Cambodia’s past.
Nuon Chea: Remembering the Legacy of the Khmer Rouge’s Chief Ideologue
Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge: Between Justice and Memory
July 30, 2019
Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge: Between Justice and Memory
While justice remains elusive, efforts to document what occurred during the period offer more encouragement.  
Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge: Between Justice and Memory
Between Continuity and Change: The Rapidly Changing Security Environment in Southeast Asia
July 21, 2019
Between Continuity and Change: The Rapidly Changing Security Environment in Southeast Asia
Luke Hunt speaks to Greg Barton about the subregion’s changing security environment.
Between Continuity and Change: The Rapidly Changing Security Environment in Southeast Asia
New EU-Vietnam Economic Deal: Who Wins and Who Loses?
July 19, 2019
New EU-Vietnam Economic Deal: Who Wins and Who Loses?
The deal reveals Hanoi’s diplomatic acumen at negotiating past tensions relative to some of the other key Asian states in a similar environment.
New EU-Vietnam Economic Deal: Who Wins and Who Loses?
From Terror to Tranquility: The Quest for a Bali Peace Park in Indonesia
July 10, 2019
From Terror to Tranquility: The Quest for a Bali Peace Park in Indonesia
Nearly two decades after terrorism struck Indonesia, survivors are still looking to realize their hopes for tranquility.
From Terror to Tranquility: The Quest for a Bali Peace Park in Indonesia
Is Indonesia’s Capital Shift a Good Idea?
July 03, 2019
Is Indonesia’s Capital Shift a Good Idea?
The outcome of a long-mulled decision is far from clear, as are its implications.
Is Indonesia’s Capital Shift a Good Idea?
The Trouble with Tourism in Southeast Asia
June 15, 2019
The Trouble with Tourism in Southeast Asia
Travel website founder Stuart McDonald talks about the opportunities and challenges in the tourism industry in the region.
The Trouble with Tourism in Southeast Asia
Fishing Boat Saga Reveals Asia’s Lingering Refugee Challenge
June 06, 2019
Fishing Boat Saga Reveals Asia’s Lingering Refugee Challenge
The case of the Daya Mata speaks to broader issues that the region continues to confront.
Fishing Boat Saga Reveals Asia’s Lingering Refugee Challenge
The Future of Indonesia, ASEAN, and the Digital Age in Southeast Asia
May 31, 2019
The Future of Indonesia, ASEAN, and the Digital Age in Southeast Asia
Risk analyst Keith Loveard talks about the past, present and future for ASEAN and in particular its powerhouse, Indonesia, amid wider trends.  
The Future of Indonesia, ASEAN, and the Digital Age in Southeast Asia
Freed Journalists Don't Negate Bleak Outlook for Southeast Asia’s Media
May 23, 2019
Freed Journalists Don't Negate Bleak Outlook for Southeast Asia’s Media
While the release of 2 Reuters journalists should be celebrated, life for journalists in Southeast Asia has not improved.
Freed Journalists Don't Negate Bleak Outlook for Southeast Asia’s Media
What Lies Ahead for Indonesia in a Jokowi Second Term?
May 03, 2019
What Lies Ahead for Indonesia in a Jokowi Second Term?
A conversation with veteran New Zealand journalist John McBeth about Southeast Asia’s past and Indonesia’s likely future.
What Lies Ahead for Indonesia in a Jokowi Second Term?
Economic Focus Ahead for Indonesia in Jokowi’s Coming Second Term
April 25, 2019
Economic Focus Ahead for Indonesia in Jokowi’s Coming Second Term
Based on Jokowi’s first term and how the country’s election played out, the economy is likely to continue to be a key priority.
Economic Focus Ahead for Indonesia in Jokowi’s Coming Second Term
The Future of a ‘New Malaysia’
April 19, 2019
The Future of a ‘New Malaysia’
A conversation with renowed Malaysian journalist Leslie Lopez.
The Future of a ‘New Malaysia’
Why Brunei’s New Religious Hardening Matters
April 18, 2019
Why Brunei’s New Religious Hardening Matters
The new Islamic laws are only the latest symptom of broader issues in the tiny, oil-rich sultanate.
Why Brunei’s New Religious Hardening Matters
Thailand’s New King Looms Large Amid Post-Election Uncertainty
April 05, 2019
Thailand’s New King Looms Large Amid Post-Election Uncertainty
While the country’s political future still remains unclear, the monarch will continue to exert influence in how it is shaped.
Thailand’s New King Looms Large Amid Post-Election Uncertainty
Remembering the Ancient Empire Legacy of Southeast Asia
March 23, 2019
Remembering the Ancient Empire Legacy of Southeast Asia
Luke Hunt speaks with author Philip Bowring about the ancient empires of Southeast Asia and how maritime trade helped shape a region long before the colonial era.
Remembering the Ancient Empire Legacy of Southeast Asia
Rising Challenges Ahead for Malaysia’s New Government
March 20, 2019
Rising Challenges Ahead for Malaysia’s New Government
Though it is still early days, a series of issues are threatening to overwhelm and undermine the new government’s future.
Rising Challenges Ahead for Malaysia’s New Government
Najib Scandal Links in Focus with Ex-Sabah Chief Minister Charges
March 12, 2019
Najib Scandal Links in Focus with Ex-Sabah Chief Minister Charges
The charges against Musa Aman announced last week are just part of the ongoing scrutiny around Najib and his allies in a New Malaysia.
Najib Scandal Links in Focus with Ex-Sabah Chief Minister Charges
Latest Violence in Myanmar Confirms Worst Suspicions
February 28, 2019
Latest Violence in Myanmar Confirms Worst Suspicions
Continued conflict suggests a long road ahead for vulnerable populations in the country.
Latest Violence in Myanmar Confirms Worst Suspicions
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