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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
June 21, 2021

Myanmar Junta Chief Arrives in Russia for Security Conference

By Sebastian Strangio
The trip came just days after the U.N. called on member states "to prevent the flow of arms into Myanmar.”

June 21, 2021

Vietnam Formulates Nationwide Code of Conduct for Social Media

By Sebastian Strangio
Whether or not it is enforceable, the move hints at Hanoi’s desire for tight control over what its citizens say and do online.
June 18, 2021

USAID Cuts Support to Flagship Forest Protection Project in Cambodia

By Sebastian Strangio
The Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary has lost 9 percent of its forest to logging operations since 2016.

June 17, 2021

Japan Steps Up Its ‘Vaccine Diplomacy’ in Southeast Asia

By Sebastian Strangio
A donation of 1 million jabs to Vietnam could be followed by shipments to Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand.

June 17, 2021

Malaysia’s King Calls for the Reopening of Parliament

By Sebastian Strangio
The country's legislature has been suspended under a state of emergency imposed in January.

June 16, 2021

Indonesia Clinches Deal for 8 Italian-Made Frigates

By Sebastian Strangio
The announcement represents one part of a sharp planned increase in Indonesia's defense spending.
June 16, 2021

Duterte Postpones Cancellation of US Defense Agreement, Again

By Sebastian Strangio
It seems increasingly likely that the Visiting Forces Agreement will survive Duterte's term in office.

June 15, 2021

ICC Prosecutor Requests Investigation Into Philippines Drug War Killings

By Sebastian Strangio
The court's officials can expect little cooperation from the Duterte administration.

June 15, 2021

China-Backed SEZs Linked to Southeast Asia’s Illegal Wildlife Trade

By Sebastian Strangio
The trade has been facilitated by a combination of loose state jurisdictions and proximity to China's economy.

June 11, 2021

Despite COVID-19, Asia’s Drug Trade Expands, Diversifies

By Sebastian Strangio
Asian government's seizures of methamphetamine rose 19 percent in 2020.

June 11, 2021

Singapore’s Lee Advises Australia to Engage With China

By Sebastian Strangio
The past year has seen a chill descend over relations between Canberra and Beijing.
June 10, 2021

Indonesia Targets 1 Million Daily COVID-19 Vaccinations

By Sebastian Strangio
Southeast Asia's largest nation once again stands on the brink of a fresh wave of infections.

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