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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
September 30, 2020

Sino-Thai Railway Inches Toward Resumption

By Sebastian Strangio
The Thai government has announced a fresh tranche of funding for the high-speed rail line, which has long been plagued by delays.

September 30, 2020

Philippine President Targets Facebook for Taking Down Fake Accounts

By Sebastian Strangio
After cannily manipulating Facebook in his campaign for the presidency, Rodrigo Duterte is intimating that he might shut the social network down.
September 29, 2020

Southeast Asian Economies Face Generational Downturn from COVID-19

By Sebastian Strangio
A new World Bank report predicts sharp economic contractions that could produce a wave of "new COVID poor."

September 28, 2020

Ben Bland on the Contradictions of Indonesia’s President Jokowi

By Sebastian Strangio

September 29, 2020

What Lies Behind Thailand’s Hashtag Republicanism?

By Sebastian Strangio
The trending call for a republic hinted at the depth of discontent running beneath the current protest movement.

September 28, 2020

COVID-19 Spirals Ahead of Myanmar Election

By Sebastian Strangio
The increasing spread of the virus is amplifying doubts about the viability and legitimacy of the upcoming election.
September 28, 2020

State Poll Win Boosts Malaysian PM Muhyiddin

By Sebastian Strangio
The unexpected victory in Sabah state in eastern Malaysia gives the ruling Perikatan Nasional some much-needed breathing room.

September 25, 2020

US Ambassador, Cambodian Defense Minister Meet Following China Sanctions

By Sebastian Strangio
General Tea Banh downplayed reports that Cambodia is planning to permit a Chinese military presence on its south coast.

September 25, 2020

Will Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim Finally Succeed?

By Sebastian Strangio
The opposition leader’s announcement that he commands the support necessary to form a new government has dissipated into a period of tense political speculation.

September 24, 2020

Southeast Asian Leaders Air Fears Over US-China Rivalry

By Sebastian Strangio
Joko Widodo and Rodrigo Duterte both used their inaugural U.N. speeches to express alarm at accelerating superpower tensions.

September 24, 2020

Myanmar Election Will Fail to Meet Proper Standards: UN

By Sebastian Strangio
As in 2015, more than a million Rohingya Muslims will be unable to cast a vote in the upcoming polls.
September 23, 2020

Facebook Shuts Down Fake China-Based Accounts Backing Duterte

By Sebastian Strangio
The accounts beamed out content supportive of the Philippine president and his daughter's possible presidential aspirations.

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