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Sebastian Strangio is a journalist and author focusing on Southeast Asia. Since 2008, his reporting from across the region has appeared in more than 30 leading publications in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

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The Fall of Aung San Suu Kyi, Democracy Icon

The Fall of Aung San Suu Kyi, Democracy Icon

Turning “The Lady” into a secular saint only helped Myanmar’s junta.
Suharto Museum Celebrates a Dictator’s Life, Omitting the Dark Chapters

Suharto Museum Celebrates a Dictator’s Life, Omitting the Dark Chapters

Indonesia’s former dictator looms in bronze over the entrance to the small museum set amid the palm trees and rice fields of central Java.
Pankaj Mishra on the Violent Transition to Modernity

Pankaj Mishra on the Violent Transition to Modernity

At the center of gravity shifts east, Pankaj Mishra argues that the West’s own fateful experience of modernity is playing out globally
'Meet Kill'

‘Meet Kill’

When Kem Ley’s murderer was asked for his name, he offered a chilling sobriquet: ‘Chuob Samlap’ – literally, ‘Meet Kill.’
The Rise, Fall and Possible Renewal of a Town in Laos on China’s Border

The Rise, Fall and Possible Renewal of a Town in Laos on China’s Border

For five years, this remote town on the China-Laos border has lived in the shadow of more prosperous times.
China stirs up ghosts of Khmer Rouge airport project

China stirs up ghosts of Khmer Rouge airport project

The military airport outside this river town in central Cambodia sprawls out in eerie silence, its vast concrete runway untroubled by any sign of aircraft.
Vietnam: Forty Years Later

Vietnam: Forty Years Later

Forty years after the war, it is the ideals of the former South Vietnam that appear ascendant.
How a Brutal Khmer Rouge Leader Died 'Not Guilty'

How a Brutal Khmer Rouge Leader Died ‘Not Guilty’

A verdict was never reached in Ieng Sary’s human rights abuses case. His story reveals the limitations of international tribunals.
As Asia Rises and Europe Declines, Russia Invests Its Hopes in its Far East

As Asia Rises and Europe Declines, Russia Invests Its Hopes in its Far East

Vladivostok, a Pacific port city long in decline, is being revitalized by Moscow. But the city’s slow integration with China, Japan, and South Korea is clashing with its long-Slavic identity. Can a city be both European and Asian?
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Cambodia's Crumbling Democracy

Cambodia’s Crumbling Democracy

Behind the growing repression of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government
After Ahok: Indonesia Grapples with the Rise of Political Islam

After Ahok: Indonesia Grapples with the Rise of Political Islam

For decades, Indonesian society has experienced a slow process of Islamization. In 2017, the pace picked up.
The Past Isn't Past

The Past Isn’t Past

Lumphat seemed forsaken by time. Stretched out along a bend of the Srepok River, this former town was now little more than a village, a mere sprinkling of civilisation in a landscape of red earth and pantone blue skies.
Ghosts of Pogroms Past Haunt Indonesia

Ghosts of Pogroms Past Haunt Indonesia

After the jailing of Jakarta’s former governor, Chinese Indonesians find themselves caught between age-old prejudice and fears of a rising China.
Myanmar refugees find a foothold in North Carolina

Myanmar refugees find a foothold in North Carolina

For the Myanmar residents of Chapel Hill, hopes of a return home are tempered by fears of continued ethnic tensions
Cambodian Democracy Makes Its Last Gasps

Cambodian Democracy Makes Its Last Gasps

An indifferent United States and assertive China have emboldened one of Asia’s longest-serving leaders to embrace outright authoritarianism.
Welcome to the Post-Human Rights World

Welcome to the Post-Human Rights World

Geopolitical realignments and the rise of populist nationalism have unleashed a global backlash against human rights.
Reading Burma

Reading Burma

On four new books that complicate the international image of Burma’s emergence from a half-century of military rule.
Dictators Everywhere Are Stumping for Trump

Dictators Everywhere Are Stumping for Trump

From Cambodia to Zimbabwe to North Korea, the Republican nominee has cornered the authoritarian autocrat demographic.
In Cambodia, everything is different but nothing has changed

In Cambodia, everything is different but nothing has changed

As is usual at this point in the electoral cycle, the Cambodian government is clamping down hard on its opponents.
The King Is Dead. Is Thailand’s Monarchy Next?

The King Is Dead. Is Thailand’s Monarchy Next?

Thailand’s revered king held the country together for more than 70 years. But his son’s succession could threaten everything he built.
Crony In the Forest

Crony In the Forest

On Google Maps the Boeng Per Wildlife Sanctuary in northern Cambodia is marked by a patch of theoretical green, like each of the country’s 32 national parks and protected areas.