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Luke Hunt

Luke Hunt

Luke Hunt is a Southeast Asia correspondent for The Diplomat. He has spent three decades working in the region and produces the Mekong Deep Dive podcast. He can be followed on Patreon and X – formerly Twitter.

He served as bureau chief for Agence France-Presse in Cambodia and in Afghanistan under Taliban occupation – where he was commended by the United Nations for the “best and most insightful” coverage of the Afghan civil war. Hunt also covered the U.S.-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the Global War on Terrorism that followed, specializing in Islamic militancy.

Throughout the 2010s, Hunt focused on civil conflict and uprisings from the Middle East to East Asia and as an adjunct professor wrote the course War, Media & International Relations for Pannasastra University in Cambodia. He is the author of the “Punji Trap” and co-author of “Barings Lost” and is the recipient of several awards including the Hong Kong Human Rights Press Awards, Society of Publishers in Asia, and the World Association of Newspapers.

Follow him on X at @lukeanthonyhunt.

Posts by Luke Hunt
December 07, 2023

John McBeth, Asia’s Longest Serving Foreign Correspondent, Dies at 79

By Luke Hunt
McBeth was a standard bearer for big stories, honest and fair reportage.

December 01, 2023

Cambodian PM Hun Manet Poised for Bureaucratic Shake-up

By Luke Hunt
The new government is facing Chinese pressure to weed out local tycoons involved with Chinese cyberscam syndicates.
November 27, 2023

World Music and Good Sports in Southeast Asia

By Luke Hunt
Luke Hunt talks with Chris and Anya Minko about volleyball, wars, and Bachelors from Prague

November 17, 2023

One Dutchman and 350,000 Cambodian Refugees

By Luke Hunt
A conversation with Hans van Zoggel.

October 26, 2023

A Cambodian-Born Australian Politician on Repression and Diaspora Politics

By Luke Hunt
A conversation with Heang Tak.

October 17, 2023

Five Cambodian Elections

By Luke Hunt
A conversation with Gordon Conochie.
October 10, 2023

Aboriginal Elder Urges Australians to Vote Yes and Without Guilt

By Luke Hunt
A conversation with Jill Gallagher.

October 06, 2023

SAC-M Report Accuses UN Secretary-General of Neglecting Myanmar

By Luke Hunt
The report came as the opposition National Unity Government NUG claimed that 21 children were injured in a military strike in Sagaing Region.

October 03, 2023

Could Cambodia’s New Prime Minister Release Theary Seng?

By Luke Hunt
With a new administration in office, the family of the imprisoned Khmer-American lawyer hope for her freedom.

September 27, 2023

Chinese Tourists Have Good Reasons Not to Return to Southeast Asia

By Luke Hunt
Perhaps it’s not surprising that Vietnam wants out of the CLMV club.

September 25, 2023

Surviving the Refugee Boats and Building a Vietnamese Museum in Australia

By Luke Hunt
A conversation with Mylinh Lee, who arrived in Australia in a boat as a child and a refugee.
September 18, 2023

An Illustrious Photographer on Warzones and Hollywood

By Luke Hunt
A conversation with Roland Neveu.

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