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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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Foreign Policy
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.
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.
Lifestyles of the Rich and Shameless

Lifestyles of the Rich and Shameless

The family of Cambodian dictator Hun Sen sits on at least $200 million. But it might not save them from populist anger.
The Strongman of Siam

The Strongman of Siam

With Thailand’s ailing monarch fading from the scene, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha is positioning the military to rule indefinitely — by silencing all dissent.
The House That Hun Sen Built

The House That Hun Sen Built

The strongman has ruled Cambodia for 30 years with corruption, charisma, and brute force. Now he’s facing the greatest challenge of his career.
Dirty Old Town

Dirty Old Town

In eastern Myanmar, just a stone’s throw from the Chinese border, lies a den of drug smuggling, gambling, and vice.
Paper tigers

Paper tigers

Myanmar may be opening to democracy, but just how free is the country’s notoriously closed media?
Family Matters

Family Matters

On Sunday, Thailand will elect a new prime minister who belongs to a very familiar, and deeply divisive, family.
Pyongyang Spring

Pyongyang Spring

Could Kim Jong Il’s regime be the next autocratic government to fall? Don’t bet on it.
The Dhaka solution

The Dhaka solution

While the rest of the world debates climate change, Bangladesh has started living the reality of a warmer, more volatile world.