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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
January 22, 2021

Leading Thai Opposition Politician Charged With Royal Defamation

By Sebastian Strangio
Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit had criticized a COVID-19 vaccine procurement deal involving a company owned by the Thai king.

January 22, 2021

Indonesia Urges Myanmar to Create Safe Conditions for Rohingya Repatriation

By Sebastian Strangio
Conditions in Rakhine State are unlikely to be amenable to the safe return of refugees any time soon.
January 21, 2021

Biden Administration to Probe Rohingya Genocide Claim

By Sebastian Strangio
What would it mean for the U.S. government to officially declare the Myanmar atrocities "genocide"?

January 21, 2021

Leaked Vietnamese Personnel Appointments Show Diversions From Norm

By Sebastian Strangio
Reported appointments suggest that informal but long-held norms have been sacrificed in order to preserve party unity.

January 20, 2021

Indonesia, Malaysia Step Up Palm Oil Lobbying: Report

By Sebastian Strangio
The increased lobbying effort reflects the increasingly negative perceptions of the industry.

January 20, 2021

With Severe Sentence, Thailand Deepens Its War on Critics of the Monarchy

By Sebastian Strangio
Thailand wields a controversial law in its attempt to stamp out a campaign of student-led protests.
January 19, 2021

Singaporean University Publisher Accused of Bowing to Political Pressure

By Sebastian Strangio
The editor of a ditched anthology of essays on Thai politics has called for an academic boycott on the National University of Singapore Press.

January 19, 2021

US Won’t Penalize Vietnam, Despite ‘Unreasonable’ Currency Practices

By Sebastian Strangio
In a short statement, the U.S. Trade Representative bats the trade dispute into the Biden administration’s court.

January 18, 2021

Cambodian Exile Return Bid Crashes Into Visa Hurdle

By Sebastian Strangio
The attempt nonetheless succeeded in drawing international attention to the repression inside the country.

January 18, 2021

Chinese-Funded Railway to Link Former US Bases in the Philippines

By Sebastian Strangio
But we should treat the announcement with caution, given that few promised Chinese infrastructure projects have yet eventuated.

January 15, 2021

Despite COVID-19 Crunch, China-Mekong Integration Continues

By Sebastian Strangio
Beijing continues to focus on deepening its physical integration with the Southeast Asian nations to its south.
January 14, 2021

Why Indonesia Won’t Recognize Israel — At Least For Now

By Sebastian Strangio
Domestic political factors make it much harder for Indonesia to follow in the footsteps of Arab states like Morocco and Sudan.

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