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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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December 04, 2015

New US Envoy to Thailand Walks Tightrope Amid Alliance Strain

By Shawn W. Crispin
US-Thai relations have entered a new tumultuous phase.
November 13, 2015

Myanmar's New Order Brings New Risks

By Shawn W. Crispin
Despite appearances, Myanmar's historic election will lead to an uneasy balance of power between the NLD and the military.

November 06, 2015

China's Xi Misses the Mark on Vietnam Visit

By Shawn W. Crispin
The limits of the president's well-timed trip to restore Beijing's position.

October 30, 2015

Is Genocide Underway in Myanmar?

By Shawn W. Crispin
A new legal analysis released this week presents strong evidence that it is.

October 19, 2015

Is Myanmar’s Election Doomed to Fail?

By Shawn W. Crispin
A recent proposal to delay the election has raised troubling questions.
October 09, 2015

Could Myanmar’s Elections Devolve into Disorder?

By Shawn W. Crispin
Major disruptions in upcoming polls cannot be ruled out given what we know.

September 26, 2015

New Ambassador Holds Key to US-Thailand Relations

By Shawn W. Crispin
Can Glyn Davies lift bilateral ties from their lowest point in decades?
September 08, 2015

What Thailand's Rejected Constitution Means

By Shawn W. Crispin
The country moves back to square one.

September 04, 2015

Exclusive: Who's Really Behind Thailand’s Erawan Shrine Bomb Blast?

By Shawn W. Crispin
The Diplomat’s Shawn Crispin conducts an in-depth investigation into the recent Erawan Shrine bombing.

August 14, 2015

What Does Myanmar's Purge Mean for Its Election?

By Shawn W. Crispin
Recent developments have thrown a spanner in the works.

August 11, 2015

US-Thailand Relations on a Razor’s Edge

By Shawn W. Crispin
Further delays in polls could lead to a more punitive US response.
July 31, 2015

The Trouble with Thailand's Economy

By Shawn W. Crispin
Anemic performance is denting confidence in the ruling junta.

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