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Shawn W. Crispin

Shawn W. Crispin

Shawn W. Crispin is a Southeast Asia columnist at The Diplomat. He has covered Southeast Asia for more than 16 years variously with the Far Eastern Economic Review, Wall Street Journal and Asia Times Online.

Shawn W. Crispin is Southeast Asia Columnist at The Diplomat based in Bangkok, Thailand, where he has worked as a journalist and editor for over 16 years. He received a Master’s Degree in Southeast Asian Studies and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in 1999.
Crispin was previously Bangkok Bureau Chief with the Far Eastern Economic Review and Wall Street Journal (Asia), where he reported widely on Southeast Asia’s economy, politics and security. Until recently he served as Southeast Asia Editor at Asia Times Online, where he wrote a regular column and developed an extensive network of contributors comprised of many of the world’s leading Southeast Asia-focused journalists, academics and analysts.
Crispin frequently makes public and private presentations to government agencies, independent think tanks, investment banks and major equity and hedge funds on Thailand’s national level politics. He also previously served as a special political risk consultant to the Control Risks Group, where he provided real time analysis on breaking political and security topics in Thailand.
Crispin currently serves as Senior Southeast Asia Representative to the Committee to Protect Journalists, a New York-based, non-partisan press freedom advocacy group. For the past decade, he has served as spokesperson, advocate and researcher on Southeast Asian press and Internet freedom. Since 2002 Crispin has been on a fourth level police watch list in Thailand for his reporting on perceived as sensitive topics.
Posts by Shawn W. Crispin
November 01, 2016

A New Era of Intolerance in Thailand?

By Shawn W. Crispin
Rising nationalism after the king's death could signal worrying days ahead for the country.

October 07, 2016

China-Thailand Relations in the Spotlight with Activist Deportation

By Shawn W. Crispin
A recent incident has raised questions about how beholden Bangkok is to Beijing.

October 01, 2016

Is Myanmar Still in Cahoots With North Korea?

By Shawn W. Crispin
The state of cooperation between the two countries continues to be an issue of interest.

September 09, 2016

US-China Competition in ASEAN on the South China Sea: Who Won This Round?

By Shawn W. Crispin
A closer look at how the two powers did in the recent round of regional summitry in Laos.

September 01, 2016

The Southern Link in Thailand's Deadly Bombings

By Shawn W. Crispin
Evidence points to a connection to the southern Thailand insurgency.
August 15, 2016

Who's Behind Thailand's Deadly Bomb Blasts?

By Shawn W. Crispin
Early signs suggest that the culprits may be southern insurgents more so than political opponents of the junta.

August 08, 2016

What Does Thailand's Referendum Result Mean?

By Shawn W. Crispin
There are competing interpretations about what the "yes" vote represents.

August 03, 2016

Will Vietnam File a South China Sea Case Against China?

By Shawn W. Crispin
Hanoi may yet take Beijing to court.

July 19, 2016

The Trouble With Thailand's Upcoming Referendum

By Shawn W. Crispin
Doubts, risks, and uncertainties surround the Thai vote.

June 10, 2016

Thailand’s Post-Coup Foreign Policy: Omnidirectional or Directionless?

By Shawn W. Crispin
What the junta calls strategic diversification may actually be a rather rudderless foreign policy vision.
May 26, 2016

Why Obama Blinked on Rights in Vietnam

By Shawn W. Crispin
The administration has rewarded one the region's least democratic regimes without much progress on rights to show for it.

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