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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
December 06, 2022

Will Thailand Ever Repeal Its Archaic Lese Majeste Law?

By Sebastian Strangio
An exiled Thai professor talks about his campaign to abolish the controversial law, which criminalizes criticisms of the country's monarchy.

December 05, 2022

In Forming Malaysia’s New Cabinet, Anwar Strikes a Careful Balance

By Sebastian Strangio
The 28-member cabinet, which included members of four coalitions and an independent MP, was sworn in on Saturday.
December 05, 2022

Indonesia Set to Pass Controversial New Criminal Code This Month

By Sebastian Strangio
The code will outlaw sex and cohabitation before marriage, and ban insults against the president and state institutions.

December 02, 2022

Indonesia to Appeal WTO Ruling on Nickel Export Ban

By Sebastian Strangio
“If we are scared of being sued, and we step back, we will not be a developed country," said Indonesia's President Joko Widodo.

December 02, 2022

Myanmar Sentences 7 Students to Death for Anti-Regime Activities

By Sebastian Strangio
The group is accused of being involved in the killing of a manager of the state-owned Global Treasure Bank in April.

November 30, 2022

Singapore Repeals Archaic Law Criminalizing Sex Between Men

By Sebastian Strangio
The historic abrogation of Section 377A was accompanied by a constitutional amendment that effectively slams the door on same-sex marriage.
November 30, 2022

Cambodian Authorities Rearrest Prominent Union Leader

By Sebastian Strangio
Chhim Sithar has led the year-long strike at NagaWorld, a glitzy casino and hotel complex in the capital Phnom Penh.

November 29, 2022

Malaysia’s Anwar Mulling Crucial Cabinet Appointments

By Sebastian Strangio
Who the newly appointed prime minister chooses could determine the fate of his sprawling unity government.

November 29, 2022

Philippines Commissions New Gunboats, Plans on Acquiring 15 More

By Sebastian Strangio
The Philippine navy chief said that the country plans to procure 15 more Shaldag Mark V gunboats, in addition to the nine it has already ordered.

November 28, 2022

Report Details Lavish Extent of Myanmar Junta’s Legitimation Drive

By Sebastian Strangio
According to a local media report, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing has bestowed titles and medals on over 3,600 individuals in a bid to legitimize his rule.

November 28, 2022

New Malaysian Government to Tackle Cost of Living Crisis

By Sebastian Strangio
Tackling rice bowl issues is a prudent first step for Anwar Ibrahim, who confronts a polarized political landscape.
November 25, 2022

Philippines Seeks Explanation From China Over Seizure of Rocket Debris

By Sebastian Strangio
The incident close to the Philippine-occupied Thitu Island was just the latest between the two nations in the disputed South China Sea.

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