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Luke Hunt

Luke Hunt

Luke Hunt is a Southeast Asia correspondent for The Diplomat and has worked in journalism for more than 25 years.

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.

Posts by Luke Hunt
January 22, 2021

China’s ‘Vaccine Diplomacy’ Leaves its Mark on ASEAN

By Luke Hunt
Most Southeast Asian governments are looking to China for help in combating COVID-19.

January 14, 2021

In the Face of Criticism, Laos Pushes Ahead With Four Mekong Dams

By Luke Hunt
But costs and competition could leave the putative "battery of Southeast Asia" running on empty.
December 31, 2020

A Conversation With the President of the Overseas Press Club of Cambodia

By Luke Hunt
Dutch freelance journalist Ate Hoekstra has hopes for a much better 2021 in Indochina.

December 23, 2020

The Flashpoints of Hun Sen’s Cambodia

By Luke Hunt
A conversation with Ou Virak about human rights, China's rise, and the plight of the Mekong River.

December 15, 2020

Cambodia Reduces its Dependency on the US Dollar

By Luke Hunt
Infusions of riel banknotes and the introduction of digital currencies are helping extend the central bank’s control.

December 09, 2020

ASEAN Urged to Treat the Environment as a Human Rights Issue

By Luke Hunt
Southeast Asian countries rank among the worst in the world for forest loss, climate-related disasters, and air pollution.
November 26, 2020

Cambodia Begins Mass Trial of Dissidents, Opposition Figures

By Luke Hunt
The trials of the 129 defendants, many of them former members of a banned opposition party, could drag on for months.

November 24, 2020

Aun Pornmoniroth Emerges as Potential Future Cambodian Prime Minister

By Luke Hunt
The Singapore model is still favored for a Cambodian political succession.

November 18, 2020

Joe Biden’s Cambodian Sideshow

By Luke Hunt
On the cusp of the Biden administration, U.S. lawmakers are calling for fresh sanctions on Cambodia's government.

November 06, 2020

Cambodia’s ‘Bridge into Europe’ Tests Positive for COVID-19

By Luke Hunt
Prime Minister Hun Sen, among hundreds of others, is in quarantine after meeting with Hungary’s foreign minister.

November 03, 2020

Foot in Mouth, Mahathir’s Hate Speech Backfires – Again

By Luke Hunt
It’s time for the former Malaysian PM to just shut and stop scratching for cheap votes.
October 27, 2020

Southeast Asia Braces for US Elections and a Possible Second Trump Term

By Luke Hunt
A Biden victory will see a rebooting of U.S. ties with ASEAN, but the region will still be seen through the lens of competition with China.

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