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Sebastian Strangio

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
May 29, 2024

Philippines Vows to Protect Filipino Fishermen Amid Chinese Fishing Ban

By Sebastian Strangio
The annual ban comes at a time of growing tension between Beijing and Manila in the South China Sea.

May 29, 2024

Malaysia Unveils Plans to Become Next Global Chip Hub

By Sebastian Strangio
Anwar Ibrahim has pitched Malaysia to foreign chipmakers as "the most neutral and non-aligned location for semiconductor production."
May 29, 2024

Former Thai PM Thaksin to be Charged With Royal Defamation

By Sebastian Strangio
The pact between Thaksin's camp and the royalist establishment, which allowed the former leader to return from self-exile last year, may be starting to fray.

May 28, 2024

Asian Synthetic Drug Production Continued to Grow in 2023, UN Says

By Sebastian Strangio
Last year saw East and Southeast Asian governments seize 190 tons of methamphetamine, the largest amount ever recorded in a single year.

May 28, 2024

Two More Thai Activists Sentenced to Prison on Lese-Majeste Charges

By Sebastian Strangio
Both were granted bail pending an appeal, following the recent death of a monarchy-reform activist in custody.

May 27, 2024

UN Details ‘Disturbing’ New Atrocities Against Myanmar’s Rohingya

By Sebastian Strangio
The U.N.'s human rights office says that tens of thousands have been forcibly displaced in what one expert described as a "hate-driven unnatural disaster."
May 27, 2024

US Defense Secretary Austin to Visit Cambodia Next Week

By Sebastian Strangio
Lloyd Austin's visit is a sign that Washington is seeking to re-engage the new look leadership in Phnom Penh, in a bid to draw the country out of China's orbit.

May 24, 2024

Is Myanmar’s Junta About to Revive a Controversial Dam Project?

By Sebastian Strangio
According to a media report, the military has formed a new committee for the Myitsone hydropower project, which was suspended in 2011.

May 24, 2024

Thai PM Avoids Suspension As Constitutional Court Accepts Ethics Complaint

By Sebastian Strangio
Military-appointed senators are seeking Srettha Thavisin's removal from office after he appointed a minister with a past conviction for bribery.

May 23, 2024

Philippine Lawmakers Pass Bill Legalizing Divorce

By Sebastian Strangio
The Absolute Divorce Bill is the product of years of work on the part of representatives seeking to amend the country's notoriously restrictive divorce law.

May 23, 2024

Philippine Commander Denies ‘Deal’ Over South China Sea Shoal

By Sebastian Strangio
A Senate Committee is investigating the Chinese Embassy’s alleged recording of a phone call between Carlos and a Chinese military attaché in January.
May 22, 2024

Vietnam Arrests Second Labor Activist In a Month, Rights Group Claims

By Sebastian Strangio
Vu Minh Tien, a prominent member of the state-controlled confederation of trade unions, was working to bring Vietnamese labor law into line with international standards.

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