Menu
Account
The Diplomat
Authors
Luke Hunt

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.

Bali’s Garbage Emergency Exposes Indonesia’s Big Rubbish Problem
January 13, 2018
Bali’s Garbage Emergency Exposes Indonesia’s Big Rubbish Problem
The escalation of the crisis is an embarrassment for the Southeast Asian state.
Bali’s Garbage Emergency Exposes Indonesia’s Big Rubbish Problem
How Will Malaysia’s Najib Razak Fare in 2018?
January 11, 2018
How Will Malaysia’s Najib Razak Fare in 2018?
Looming polls will test what is left of the legitimacy of the country’s scandalized premier.
How Will Malaysia’s Najib Razak Fare in 2018?
Can the New Mahathir-Anwar Alliance Defeat Najib in Malaysia’s Election?
January 09, 2018
Can the New Mahathir-Anwar Alliance Defeat Najib in Malaysia’s Election?
The country’s next poll will pit an odd couple against a scandal-ridden premier.
Can the New Mahathir-Anwar Alliance Defeat Najib in Malaysia’s Election?
Construction of Thailand-China Railway Finally Gets Underway
December 28, 2017
Construction of Thailand-China Railway Finally Gets Underway
Obstacles, particularly in Laos, persist.
Construction of Thailand-China Railway Finally Gets Underway
Deep-Sea Gold Miners Target PNG Coast
December 27, 2017
Deep-Sea Gold Miners Target PNG Coast
Locals fear for their environment despite promises of riches.
Deep-Sea Gold Miners Target PNG Coast
New Guard, Old Problems: What Sombath Somphone's Continued Disappearance Says About Rights in Laos
December 13, 2017
New Guard, Old Problems: What Sombath Somphone's Continued Disappearance Says About Rights in Laos
The development suggests that more of the same is at work in this realm in the Southeast Asian state.
New Guard, Old Problems: What Sombath Somphone's Continued Disappearance Says About Rights in Laos
Pope Francis Wades Into the Rohingya Crisis
December 07, 2017
Pope Francis Wades Into the Rohingya Crisis
The Pope treads carefully to avoid a diplomatic incident, even while focusing world attention on the Rohingya crisis.
Pope Francis Wades Into the Rohingya Crisis
Does the New Myanmar-Bangladesh Rohingya Deal Really Matter?
November 28, 2017
Does the New Myanmar-Bangladesh Rohingya Deal Really Matter?
A closer look suggests that there is no shortage of reasons to be skeptical.
Does the New Myanmar-Bangladesh Rohingya Deal Really Matter?
The View From Asia’s Largest Catholic News Agency
November 17, 2017
The View From Asia’s Largest Catholic News Agency
A conversation with UCAN's chief on religion, marginalization, democracy, and the future of publishing in Asia.
The View From Asia’s Largest Catholic News Agency
Where Is Vietnam’s Economy Headed as It Hosts APEC?
November 09, 2017
Where Is Vietnam’s Economy Headed as It Hosts APEC?
Outlook appears generally positive as Hanoi gears up for the meeting, but uncertainties still remain.
Where Is Vietnam’s Economy Headed as It Hosts APEC?
Why Duterte Needs to Put the Economy First in the Philippines
November 04, 2017
Why Duterte Needs to Put the Economy First in the Philippines
Lack of progress on this front is contributing to rising discontent against him.
Why Duterte Needs to Put the Economy First in the Philippines
Thailand Faces New Era of Uncertainty After Royal Cremation
October 31, 2017
Thailand Faces New Era of Uncertainty After Royal Cremation
Millions bid a final farewell as a new era beckons.
Thailand Faces New Era of Uncertainty After Royal Cremation
Will Australia Finally Get a Space Agency?
October 24, 2017
Will Australia Finally Get a Space Agency?
Canberra is moving toward a long-deferred dream.
Will Australia Finally Get a Space Agency?
Indonesia’s West Papua Headache Continues
October 14, 2017
Indonesia’s West Papua Headache Continues
Jakarta must tread carefully on the issue.
Indonesia’s West Papua Headache Continues
China’s Cooling Economy is a Warning for ASEAN
October 13, 2017
China’s Cooling Economy is a Warning for ASEAN
The S&P downgrade last month was just the latest sign of lingering concerns about Beijing’s economy.
China’s Cooling Economy is a Warning for ASEAN
A Stronger Australia in Southeast Asia?
October 09, 2017
A Stronger Australia in Southeast Asia?
Concerning regional developments have put Canberra’s role in the spotlight.
A Stronger Australia in Southeast Asia?
The Problem With Suu Kyi’s Rohingya Speech in Myanmar
September 21, 2017
The Problem With Suu Kyi’s Rohingya Speech in Myanmar
Long-awaited speech offers little for the dead and dispossessed.
The Problem With Suu Kyi’s Rohingya Speech in Myanmar
Does an ASEAN Agreement Mean Progress for RCEP?
September 15, 2017
Does an ASEAN Agreement Mean Progress for RCEP?
Despite some steps forward, familiar challenges remain.
Does an ASEAN Agreement Mean Progress for RCEP?
Can a North Korea Nightmare Fuel South Korea’s ASEAN Dream?
September 09, 2017
Can a North Korea Nightmare Fuel South Korea’s ASEAN Dream?
Seoul is intensifying its outreach towards Southeast Asia.
Can a North Korea Nightmare Fuel South Korea’s ASEAN Dream?
Myanmar's Rohingya Crisis Escalates
September 07, 2017
Myanmar's Rohingya Crisis Escalates
Life for the group is looking grimmer by the day.
Myanmar's Rohingya Crisis Escalates
What Does Hun Sen’s Big Tax Hunt Mean for Cambodia?
September 01, 2017
What Does Hun Sen’s Big Tax Hunt Mean for Cambodia?
The premier’s moves are proving to be destructive for the media and business in the Southeast Asian state.
What Does Hun Sen’s Big Tax Hunt Mean for Cambodia?
China-Thailand Rail Project: New Movement, Old Problems?
August 29, 2017
China-Thailand Rail Project: New Movement, Old Problems?
Despite the enthusiasm of some, challenges still remain.
China-Thailand Rail Project: New Movement, Old Problems?
What’s Behind the New Cambodia-Laos Border Crisis?
August 16, 2017
What’s Behind the New Cambodia-Laos Border Crisis?
A closer look at an episode in the context of Hun Sen’s wider domestic and foreign policy.
What’s Behind the New Cambodia-Laos Border Crisis?
A More Taxing Time for Cambodia’s Civil Society?
August 09, 2017
A More Taxing Time for Cambodia’s Civil Society?
The tax woes of a major English-language newspaper is yet another sign of the government’s growing intolerance of its critics as polls near.
A More Taxing Time for Cambodia’s Civil Society?
Newsletter
Sign up for our weekly newsletter
The Diplomat Brief