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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
January 19, 2022

Cambodia Resumes Treason Trial of Opposition Leader Kem Sokha

By Sebastian Strangio
The resumption follows a nearly two-year break in proceedings, allegedly due to COVID-19.

January 19, 2022

UN Envoy Calls on Thailand to Step Up on Myanmar Crisis

By Sebastian Strangio
Noeleen Heyzer said that Thailand "has an important role in preventing further deterioration of the crisis in Myanmar."
January 18, 2022

Omicron Driving COVID-19 Wave to New Heights in the Philippines

By Sebastian Strangio
The government is aiming to fully vaccinate the country's adult population by the presidential election on May 9.

January 18, 2022

Philippines Election Body Dismisses Petition to Bar Marcos from Presidential Poll

By Sebastian Strangio
Opponents of the Marcos clan have filed a number of petitions seeking to disqualify Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos from the May election.

January 17, 2022

‘No Progress’ on ASEAN Peace Plan for Myanmar: Singaporean PM

By Sebastian Strangio
Four Southeast Asian nations have now expressed criticisms of Cambodia's unilateral crisis diplomacy on Myanmar.

January 17, 2022

Aung San Suu Kyi Hit With 5 New Corruption Charges

By Sebastian Strangio
The 76-year-old leader now faces a barrage of more than 15 criminal charges, designed to consign her to an early – and forced – retirement.
January 14, 2022

How COVID-19 Has Enriched Asia’s Wealthy and Punished Its Poor

By Sebastian Strangio
A new report from the NGO Oxfam provides crucial context for the region's recent democratic decline.

January 14, 2022

Philippines Confirms Purchase of BrahMos Supersonic Missile System

By Sebastian Strangio
The long-expected acquisition marks the latest evolution of Southeast Asia's naval arms competition.

January 13, 2022

Indonesia Begins Distributing Booster Shots as Omicron Makes Inroads

By Sebastian Strangio
The government made a last-minute decision to ditch a plan that would have required most of the public to pay for the jabs.

January 13, 2022

Cambodia Postpones ASEAN Meeting Amid Myanmar Disagreements

By Sebastian Strangio
The Myanmar crisis has opened an increasingly wide fissure within the Southeast Asian bloc.

January 12, 2022

Betel Nut Smuggling From Myanmar to India Booming: Report

By Sebastian Strangio
The central government has ordered authorities in Mizoram and Manipur to clamp down on the surge of illicit trade.
January 12, 2022

Myanmar Teak Exports to US Continuing Despite Sanctions: Watchdog

By Sebastian Strangio
According to Justice for Myanmar, U.S. companies imported nearly 1,600 metric tons of teak between February and December of last year.

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