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Sebastian Strangio

Sebastian Strangio is Southeast Asia Editor at The Diplomat. 

In 2008, he began his career as a reporter at The Phnom Penh Post in Cambodia, and has since traveled and reported extensively across the 10 nations of ASEAN. Sebastian’s writing has appeared in leading publications including Foreign Affairs, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and The New York Times, The Diplomat, and Nikkei Asian Review, among many others. He is the author of “Hun Sen’s Cambodia” (Yale, 2014), a path-breaking examination of Cambodia since the fall of the Khmer Rouge, and “In the Dragon’s Shadow: Southeast Asia in the Chinese Century” (Yale, 2020). 

Alongside his journalistic work, Sebastian has also consulted for a wide variety of economic risk firms and non-government organizations, and is quoted frequently in the international media on political developments in Southeast Asia. Sebastian holds a B.A. and Master’s degree in international politics from The University of Melbourne. He currently lives in Adelaide.

You can get in touch with Sebastian via Twitter, Facebook, or email.

Posts by Sebastian Strangio
November 26, 2020

What’s Next for Myanmar’s Military Proxy Party?

By Sebastian Strangio
After a dismal showing at this month's election, the army-backed USDP faces a long road back to respectability.

November 26, 2020

Indonesian Minister Arrested in Lobster Larvae Probe

By Sebastian Strangio
The arrest of Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo shows that Indonesia's anti-corruption body is still a force to be feared.
November 25, 2020

Explaining Southeast Asia’s Addiction to the Death Penalty

By Sebastian Strangio
The region remains a global outlier in terms of the use of capital punishment.

November 25, 2020

As Protests Grow, Thailand’s Authorities Dust Off Royal Defamation Law

By Sebastian Strangio
This revival of lese-majeste law marks an escalation in the authorities’ campaign against rising pro-democracy protests.

November 24, 2020

Indonesia Passes Grim COVID-19 Milestone

By Sebastian Strangio
The country exceeded 500,000 cases right as international researchers were moving closer to an effective vaccine.

November 24, 2020

Duncan McCargo on Thailand’s New Political Force

By Sebastian Strangio
"It’s not a matter of whether or not the existing power structures start to give way: it’s just a question of when."
November 24, 2020

Senior US Official Seeks to Shore up Vital Southeast Asian Partnerships

By Sebastian Strangio
Robert O'Brien's visit was intended to send a message of diplomatic continuity during the fraught transition from Trump to Biden.

November 23, 2020

Philippines Close to Indo-Russian Cruise Missile Purchase: Reports

By Sebastian Strangio
The BrahMos supersonic cruise missile would give Manila a potent deterrent to Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea.

November 23, 2020

Could Vietnam Really Shut Down Facebook?

By Sebastian Strangio
Reports of recent threats notwithstanding, such a move would invite massive blowback from the public.

November 20, 2020

Is Biden Preparing to Tweak the Indo-Pacific Strategy?

By Sebastian Strangio
A shift in language may signal some changes to the Trump administration’s headline Asia policy.

November 19, 2020

In Malaysia, a Gargantuan Chinese-Backed Development Bites the Dust

By Sebastian Strangio
The Melaka Gateway project has languished since the 2018 election, when large Chinese investments came under close scrutiny.
November 19, 2020

President Trump To Attend APEC Summit, Official Says

By Sebastian Strangio
The announcement came as Chinese President Xi Jinping claimed the mantle of free trade and economic openness.

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