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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
September 17, 2021

What Does the New AUKUS Alliance Mean for Southeast Asia?

By Sebastian Strangio
The new partnership is likely to be greeted with ambivalence in a region that has little appetite for a new Cold War.

September 16, 2021

Despite Crime Concerns, Laos Authorizes Cryptocurrency Trial

By Sebastian Strangio
But little good will come from authorizing the mining and trading of the volatile digital currencies.
September 16, 2021

ICC Authorizes Investigation Into Philippines’ ‘Drug War’ Killings

By Sebastian Strangio
Judges say that the “specific legal element of the crime against humanity of murder” has been met in the sanguinary crackdown.

September 15, 2021

Giant Buddha Statue Plan Rankles Residents of Laos’ Capital: Report

By Sebastian Strangio
A Chinese firm's plans to build a 100-meter-high Buddha statue in low-lying Vientiane encapsulate China's outsized economic presence in Laos.

September 15, 2021

Chinese FM Winds Up Southeast Asia Trip With Stops in Cambodia, Singapore

By Sebastian Strangio
The trip followed a number of regional tours by high-ranking U.S. officials, including Vice President Kamala Harris.

September 14, 2021

Diplomatic Pact to Block Myanmar’s Junta From United Nations – For Now

By Sebastian Strangio
Under a deal brokered by the U.S. and China, the decision over Myanmar's U.N. seat will be deferred until November.
September 14, 2021

With New Law, Singapore Takes Aim at ‘Foreign Interference’

By Sebastian Strangio
The Ministry of Home Affairs argues that foreign interference poses a serious threat to Singapore's "political sovereignty and national security.”

September 13, 2021

With Eye to Next Election, Thai Government Tweaks Voting Rules

By Sebastian Strangio
The election tweaks, which will benefit larger parties, are designed to solidify the control of Prime Minister Prayut's government.

September 13, 2021

Vietnam Welcomes Top Officials From China, Japan

By Sebastian Strangio
The concurrent visits offered a classic example of Vietnam’s all-inclusive diplomatic approach.

September 10, 2021

Chinese Foreign Minister Begins 3-Nation Tour of Southeast Asia

By Sebastian Strangio
The visit will include stops in Vietnam and Singapore, which recently hosted U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris.

September 10, 2021

Australia, Indonesia Agree to Ramp up Defense Relationship

By Sebastian Strangio
The two nations could soon hold joint military exercises on Australian soil for the first time.
September 09, 2021

Foreign Governments, Experts Urge Peace After Myanmar Opposition Announces Mass Uprising

By Sebastian Strangio
The National Unity Government's declaration of a "people's defensive war" has raised a host of political and ethical questions.

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