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Nicholas Muller

Nicholas Muller

Nicholas Muller is a contributing writer and photojournalist to The Diplomat. 

Nicholas Muller is a contributing writer and photojournalist to The Diplomat.

He has reported for The Diplomat from Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Russia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand related to topics covering China’s global Belt and Road initiatives, Eurasia, climate, migration, and economy.

He has a double MA degree in Chinese foreign policy and European Affairs from Sciences Po-Paris and Fudan University-Shanghai and has spent several years living in the post-Soviet space, Egypt, Cameroon, and in the GCC region.

Get in touch with Nick via email or on Instagram.

Posts by Nicholas Muller
April 17, 2024

The Consequences of China’s Voracious Appetite for Illicit South African Abalone 

By Nicholas Muller
With profound cultural significance in Asia, poached abalone is trafficked across the globe, inflicting significant harm on disadvantaged South African coastal communities where poaching means survival.

January 13, 2024

Montenegro’s Scandal-ridden Chinese Road 

By Nicholas Muller
A decade on, the country faces crippling economic challenges and environmental degradation from the ambitious (and still incomplete) highway project. 
December 05, 2023

Bhopal’s Endless Health Crisis

By Nicholas Muller
Nearly 40 years after the world’s worst industrial disaster, scores of victims still suffer with little recourse.

October 17, 2023

From Siargao to Malabon: Filipino Coastal Communities on the Frontlines of Climate Change

By Nicholas Muller
Exposed to the most typhoons in the world, Filipino island communities – urban and remote alike – face high risks from intensifying climate events.

July 01, 2023

The Continued Imprisonment of Idris Hasan

By Nicholas Muller
With an increase in detentions of Uyghurs abroad, many feel like they can’t escape from China no matter how far they run.

November 24, 2022

The Precarious State of the Mekong

By Nicholas Muller
Prolonged stress on the Lower Mekong Basin is reaching an ecological tipping point, threatening millions of livelihoods.
August 01, 2022

Southeast Asia’s Sinking Megacities

By Nicholas Muller
The coastal cities of Bangkok, Jakarta, and Ho Chi Minh City battle a common existential threat.

February 16, 2022

Seeking Higher Ground: Climate Resilience in the Maldives

By Nicholas Muller
Maldivians cannot wait much longer for durable solutions to the threats posed by climate change.

February 13, 2021

Are the Uyghurs Safe in Turkey?

By Nicholas Muller
Many in the Uyghur diaspora feel they have a target on their back.

July 13, 2020

A Deadly Gamble: Myanmar’s Jade Industry

By Nicholas Muller
The multi-billion dollar industry fueled by China is shrouded in secrecy, continues to take lives, and displace tens of thousands

May 01, 2020

In the Indian Sundarbans, the Sea Is Coming  

By Nicholas Muller
Across the world’s largest delta, island communities bear the brunt of the climate crisis.
January 28, 2020

Sri Lanka’s Landmine Legacy

By Nicholas Muller
Significant progress has been made, but deep scars remain.

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