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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
April 09, 2021

Chinese Navy Harasses Boat Carrying Filipino Journalists: Report

By Sebastian Strangio
This incident is perhaps the first in which a Chinese navy vessel has harassed a civilian boat inside another nation's Exclusive Economic Zone.

April 09, 2021

Twitter Unveils Bespoke Emoji Supporting Asia’s ‘Milk Tea Alliance’

By Sebastian Strangio
According to the social media giant, the past year has seen more than 11 million Tweets featuring the #MilkTeaAlliance hashtag.
April 08, 2021

Japan Could Deliver 8 Cutting-Edge Frigates to Indonesia

By Sebastian Strangio
If it eventuates, the $3.6 billion deal would represent the largest-ever arms transfer between the two nations.

April 08, 2021

Chinese Casino Magnate’s Empire Set to Expand in Laos

By Sebastian Strangio
The businessman Zhao Wei has established close relationships to Laos's communist elite.

April 07, 2021

The Pitfalls of International Justice in Myanmar

By Sebastian Strangio
Will threats of international criminal prosecutions against the junta's leaders make compromise more likely – or less?

April 07, 2021

Malaysia, Vietnam Set to Pen Agreement on Maritime Security

By Sebastian Strangio
The announcement marks a step forward in attempts to settle distracting bilateral disputes between Southeast Asian nations in the South China Sea.
April 06, 2021

ASEAN to Hold Emergency Summit on Myanmar, No Date Set

By Sebastian Strangio
But a negotiated solution to the political crisis is growing more difficult with every passing week.

April 06, 2021

Vietnam Confirms Appointment of Security Official as Next Prime Minister

By Sebastian Strangio
The selection of a career security official suggests a continuation of the Party's hard line on corruption and dissent.

April 01, 2021

Myanmar Coup Opponents Announce ‘Unity Government’, Interim Constitution

By Sebastian Strangio
The move came as a special U.N. envoy warned that the country “is on the verge of spiraling into a failed state.”

April 01, 2021

China Backs ASEAN Push for Talks on Myanmar Crisis

By Sebastian Strangio
The onus is on the Southeast Asian bloc to build a regional consensus for a more active role in resolving the crisis.

March 31, 2021

Beijing to Host Foreign Ministers from 4 Southeast Asian Nations

By Sebastian Strangio
The meetings shape as a response to Washington's recent diplomatic efforts to rally regional support against China.
March 31, 2021

With an Eye on Beijing, Japan and Indonesia Sign Arms Export Equipment

By Sebastian Strangio
The pact is the latest milestone in Tokyo's growing security engagement with the nations of Southeast Asia.

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