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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
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June 09, 2023

Indonesia to Host ASEAN’s First Military Drill in South China Sea

By Luke Hunt
Cambodia, however, has denied reports of a joint exercise in the South China Sea.
May 29, 2023

Pumping Up Myanmar’s Junta With Guns, Trade, and Tourism

By Luke Hunt
Fresh reports further undermine ASEAN's credibility in Myanmar.

May 24, 2023

Cambodia’s Hun Sen Tells Countries to Stay Silent on Election Process

By Luke Hunt
More revolutionary plots are alleged ahead of the July 23 poll.

May 09, 2023

Indonesia Rescues 20 From Traffickers in Myanmar

By Luke Hunt
Jakarta bans its migrant workers from Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar.

May 01, 2023

An Australian Who Worked to Restore Cambodian Culture Dies at 76

By Luke Hunt
The passing of Darryl Collins is seen as "a great loss” for Cambodia.
April 24, 2023

Smoke and Heat: Breaking Records in Southeast Asia

By Luke Hunt
The long-range forecasts paint a bleak, hot outlook, with suffocating heat and smoky air across Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia.

April 17, 2023

NUG Warns ASEAN Not to Negotiate with Myanmar Junta

By Luke Hunt
The call came as the death toll from last week's airstrike on Kanbalu township rose to 168.
April 11, 2023

Thousands Flee Myanmar Amid Heavy Fighting Around Shwe Kokko

By Luke Hunt
Casino targeted as displaced civilians find sanctuary in Thailand.

April 04, 2023

Cambodian PM Tells Foreign Countries to Choose

By Luke Hunt
Have Western embassies been told to consider closing?

March 31, 2023

Hun Sen Announces Free Tickets for Southeast Asian Games

By Luke Hunt
The Cambodian leader has also said that broadcast rights will also be free, ending a standoff with Thailand.

March 27, 2023

Cambodia and Thailand: A Tale of Two Elections

By Luke Hunt
The two countries have both been criticized in recent years for violating democratic norms, but that’s about where the similarities end.
March 20, 2023

Should Myanmar Be Declared a Failed State?

By Luke Hunt
There is mounting evidence that the military administration has lost its hold on the country.

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