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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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Cambodian deadlock at crucial juncture

Cambodian deadlock at crucial juncture

PHNOM PENH – After a six-week political impasse, Cambodia’s National Election Committee (NEC) has officially declared incumbent Prime Minister Hun Sen the winner of disputed national elections held on July 28.
Post-poll deadlock tests Cambodian stability

Post-poll deadlock tests Cambodian stability

PHNOM PENH – A new political dance has begun in earnest between Cambodia’s long-serving prime minister Hun Sen and his chief rival opposition leader Sam Rainsy, with potential far-reaching implications for political stability in the weeks and months ahead.
Poll loosens Hun Sen's grip on Cambodia

Poll loosens Hun Sen’s grip on Cambodia

PHNOM PENH – Cambodia’s opposition leader Sam Rainsy has called for an independent investigation into widespread electoral irregularities, a day after his party secured surprising gains in a tense national election.
Veneer of democracy in Cambodia

Veneer of democracy in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH – After nearly four years on the political margins, Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy will again take center stage when he returns to his homeland on Friday in advance of national elections on July 28.
Death of a killer in Cambodia

Death of a killer in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH – Ieng Sary, a veteran member of Cambodia’s communist Khmer Rouge movement and one of the few of its leaders to be put on trial for crimes committed during the regime’s 1975-79 rule, died on Thursday morning at the age of 87.
Departure of a king, death of an institution

Departure of a king, death of an institution

PHNOM PENH – To the boom of artillery and the crackle of fireworks, Cambodians bid a final farewell this week to their beloved King Father Norodom Sihanouk.
REVIEW: ‘Aid Dependence in Cambodia’, by Sophal Ear

REVIEW: ‘Aid Dependence in Cambodia’, by Sophal Ear

PHNOM PENH – On November 22, 2011, at Cambodia’s United Nations-backed war crimes court, one of the former leaders of the Khmer Rouge rose to address the chamber.
Obituary: Norodom Sihanouk

Obituary: Norodom Sihanouk

PHNOM PENH – Cambodia’s former king Norodom Sihanouk, the charismatic monarch whose name was synonymous with the struggles and upheavals of his country for more than six decades, died in Beijing on Monday at the age of 89.
Cambodia as divide and rule pawn

Cambodia as divide and rule pawn

PHNOM PENH – The official theme for Cambodia’s chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is “One Community, One Destiny” – but the outcomes of this year’s meetings highlighted the bloc’s growing divisions on the issue of China. Last week in the Cambodian capital, the Foreign Ministers’ meeting came to an acrimonious end...
Cambodia carve-up under the spotlight

Cambodia carve-up under the spotlight

PHNOM PENH -There were scenes of jubilation in Cambodia’s capital last month when a group of 13 imprisoned women – including a 72-year-old grandmother – was set free by an appeal court. The women were arrested in May during peaceful demonstrations against the forced eviction of thousands of families living around Boeung Kak Lake, an...
Annus horribilis for Cambodian rights

Annus horribilis for Cambodian rights

PHNOM PENH – On April 26, a prominent Cambodian anti-logging campaigner was shot and killed by military police in the Cardamom Mountains in the country’s southwest. Chut Wutty, the director of the Natural Resources Protection Group, was reportedly escorting two local journalists through a densely-forested part of Koh Kong province when his car was stopped...
The strings in Hun Sen's rhetorical bow

The strings in Hun Sen’s rhetorical bow

PHNOM PENH – Between their anodyne pageantry and colorless mission statements about regional economic cooperation, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meetings are rarely known for their excitement. But on the last day of this month’s annual summit in Phnom Penh, the current chairman of the 10-country bloc, Cambodia’s long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen, did...