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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
March 18, 2020

Of Film and Adventure in Mainland Southeast Asia

By Luke Hunt
A conversation with travel writer, journalist, and Hollywood filmmaker Nick Ray

March 13, 2020

Cambodia’s Courts Under the Microscope With Australian Missionary Trial

By Luke Hunt
The case is yet another test for the justice system in the Southeast Asian state.
March 06, 2020

A Life Covering Corruption, Conflict, and Contemporary Politics in Southeast Asia

By Luke Hunt
A conversation with Australian foreign correspondent Craig Skehan and his decades in Southeast Asia.

February 20, 2020

Why the EU’s New Cambodia Wrist Slap Won’t Weaken Hun Sen’s Iron Grip

By Luke Hunt
Though the move is not entirely insignificant, it pales in comparison to the other challenges the government faces and is working to address.

February 05, 2020

Foreign Power Threat Looms Over Kem Sokha Trial in Cambodia

By Luke Hunt
The hearings have again spotlighted the ruling government’s obsession with threats from foreign powers and color revolutions.

January 16, 2020

Cambodia: Largest Casino Worker Strike Victory Highlights Wider Rights Issues

By Luke Hunt
While the recent strike resulted in a pay rise commitment, it also spotlighted the wider rights issues and economic challenges for some workers.
January 10, 2020

Jakarta Floods: Yet Another Reminder of Indonesia’s Capital Woes?

By Luke Hunt
The recent incident once again highlighted the woes facing the capital city amid plans to shift it.

December 25, 2019

Can Malaysia Solve Its Big Migrant Worker Challenge?

By Luke Hunt
While the government has cited labor as being an area of priority for reform, it faces an uphill task.

December 04, 2019

US Slaps Trafficking Charges on ‘Dynamite Doug’

By Luke Hunt
The British expat is wanted for his trafficking of stolen and looted Cambodian antiquities.

November 27, 2019

Australian Woman Escapes Death Penalty in Malaysia

By Luke Hunt
The case had been read as a test case for the country under the Pakatan Harapan government.

November 21, 2019

Drug Trafficker Case Another Test for Malaysia’s Pakatan Harapan Government

By Luke Hunt
A new case will spotlight Malaysia’s approach to the death penalty at home as well as its ties with Australia and Western countries more generally.
November 13, 2019

Counting the Costs of Sam Rainsy’s Failed Return to Cambodia

By Luke Hunt
The opposition leader’s thwarted bid to return to the country is not without its costs, irrespective of whatever benefits it may generate.

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