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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
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May 13, 2016

Thailand's Constitutional Referendum: A Hobson's Choice

By Shawn W. Crispin
A climate of fear all but ensures the upcoming vote will be far from an expression of popular will.
May 04, 2016

Fishery Disaster Tests Mettle of Vietnam's New Government

By Shawn W. Crispin
The country's newly appointed premier is dealing with one of its worst ever toxic spills.

April 08, 2016

Interview: Vietnam's 'Other' Political Party

By Shawn W. Crispin
The Diplomat talks with the spokesman of Vietnam's most prominent unsanctioned political party about the country's politics.

April 01, 2016

China-Thailand Railway Project Gets Untracked

By Shawn W. Crispin
A high-speed rail project between the two countries has been canceled.

March 25, 2016

The Truth About ‘Democracy’ in Vietnam Today

By Shawn W. Crispin
Contrary to some accounts, democracy exists in name only in the country ahead of upcoming legislative polls.
March 11, 2016

Can Thailand's Junta Reverse its Economic Decline?

By Shawn W. Crispin
Thailand’s military government has ambitious goals, whether it can achieve them is a big question.

March 04, 2016

Islamic State in Thailand: A Phantom Threat?

By Shawn W. Crispin
The danger to Thailand is less clear relative to some of its neighbors.
February 27, 2016

In Thailand, What Does the End of Thaksin's Silence Mean?

By Shawn W. Crispin
The ex-premier's decision to break his self-imposed silence raises some interesting questions.

February 10, 2016

The Staying Power of Thailand’s Military

By Shawn W. Crispin
The ruling junta is likely to remain in power for the foreseeable future.

January 23, 2016

Is China Interfering in Vietnam’s Politics With Its South China Sea Moves?

By Shawn W. Crispin
Some say Beijing is trying to influence the outcome of the Communist Party congress in Vietnam.

January 16, 2016

Battling Thailand’s Lese Majeste Crackdown

By Shawn W. Crispin
Thai Lawyers for Human Rights is on the frontlines of challenging the junta’s clampdown on abuses against the monarchy.
December 16, 2015

How Will Myanmar's Past Play Into Its Post-Election Future?

By Shawn W. Crispin
After the opposition's big win, observers are wondering how will it address the country's past.

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