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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
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July 03, 2024

Cambodian Court Sentences Environmental Activists to Hefty Prison Terms

By Sebastian Strangio
The 10 activists, four of whom were arrested outside the court, are members of the group Mother Nature, which was deregistered in 2017.
July 02, 2024

Indonesia Announces Hefty Tariffs on Chinese-made Goods

By Sebastian Strangio
The country’s small businesses could “collapse" under a flood of low-cost Chinese goods, the country's trade minister said.

July 02, 2024

Thai Constitutional Court to Conclude Key Political Cases By September

By Sebastian Strangio
The two high-profile cases could determine the fate of Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin and the opposition Move Forward Party.

July 02, 2024

How Myanmar’s Railways Reflect the Nation’s Uneasy History

By Sebastian Strangio
A new book highlights the role that the country's rail network has played in the making – and unmaking – of a conflict-torn country.

July 01, 2024

Foreign, Defense Ministers From Japan and the Philippines to Meet Next Week

By Sebastian Strangio
The two sides are expected to discuss a much-anticipated reciprocal access agreement that will remove hurdles to joint military exercises and deeper defense cooperation.
July 01, 2024

Thai PM Srettha Thavisin’s Approval Ratings Dip to New Low

By Sebastian Strangio
The latest NIDA survey also saw the opposition Move Forward Party extend its lead as the country's most popular party.

June 28, 2024

Myanmar Junta Admits ‘Challenges’ in Fighting Opium Cultivation, Meth Production

By Sebastian Strangio
The military says it stepping up its fight against narcotics, without reckoning with its own role in the recent boom in production.
June 28, 2024

Philippines Must ‘Do More’ on South China Sea, Marcos Says

By Sebastian Strangio
Will Manila request greater U.S. assistance in its ongoing stand-off with China at Second Thomas Shoal?

June 27, 2024

Thailand Is the Myanmar Military’s Gateway to the Global Financial System, Report Says

By Sebastian Strangio
The country's banks have taken up the slack following a crackdown by the Singaporean authorities last year.

June 27, 2024

Former Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Mulling Senate Run

By Sebastian Strangio
After the collapse of its alliance with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the Duterte clan is planning its reconquest of the Philippine presidency in 2028.

June 26, 2024

Philippines Says it Wants ‘Dialogue’ With China Following Maritime Clash

By Sebastian Strangio
The country's top diplomat says that the country will pursue "confidence building measures," but is "not blind" to recent incidents in the South China Sea.
June 26, 2024

US Diplomat Reportedly Met Myanmar Naval Officer in Vietnam

By Sebastian Strangio
The meeting between Daniel Kritenbrink and Kyaw Lin Zaw may mark a shift in the U.S. approach to Myanmar's conflict.

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