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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 28, 2022

Philippines’ Marcos to Pursue Bilateral Deal With Beijing Over South China Sea

By Sebastian Strangio
The leading candidate's comments suggest that his victory in May could lead to an extension of President Rodrigo Duterte's divisive China policy.

January 28, 2022

Scientists Identify 224 New Species in Mekong Region: WWF

By Sebastian Strangio
But the conservation group warned that many more will go extinct before they are even discovered, due to rapid habitat loss.
January 27, 2022

Cambodian PM Calls on Myanmar Junta to Implement ASEAN Peace Plan

By Sebastian Strangio
Cambodia says the junta's participation in ASEAN meetings is dependent on progress in implementing its peace plan. But how will it define progress?

January 27, 2022

World Bank Says Myanmar’s Economic Outlook is ‘Critically Weak’

By Sebastian Strangio
The Bank estimates that Myanmar's economy is 30 percent smaller than it would have been were it not for the coup and the COVID-19 pandemic.

January 25, 2022

China Appeals to Myanmar Opposition to Safeguard its Investments

By Sebastian Strangio
The request marked a small but potentially significant move toward China's engagement with the National Unity Government.

January 25, 2022

Myanmar Refugee Numbers Swell in India’s Mizoram State

By Sebastian Strangio
The exodus follows a series of brutal military reprisal killings in Chin State's Matupi Township.
January 24, 2022

Twitter Removes Hundreds of Accounts Linked to Philippines’ Marcos Jr.

By Sebastian Strangio
The accounts are part of the politician's well-oiled machinery of social media manipulation.

January 24, 2022

Western Oil Majors Announce Withdrawal From Crisis-Hit Myanmar

By Sebastian Strangio
The move could suggest the impending imposition of economic sanctions on the country's state oil and gas enterprise.

January 21, 2022

France’s Total Backs Sanctions on Myanmar Oil and Gas Revenues

By Sebastian Strangio
The shift is a major breakthrough for activists seeking to strangle the military government's main source of revenue.

January 20, 2022

Royalists Step Up Campaign Against Thai Chapter of Amnesty International

By Sebastian Strangio
A network led by the ultraroyalist booster Seksakol Atthawong claims the rights group supports the abolition of the Thai monarchy.

January 20, 2022

Imprisoned Vietnamese Journalist Recognized With Human Rights Award

By Sebastian Strangio
The Martin Ennals Award committee hailed Pham Doan Trang as an "inspirational" example for activists in Vietnam.
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.

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