Luke Hunt began his career in journalism in the early 1980s after traveling through what was then some of the world’s trouble-spots, including Northern Ireland and the south of Morocco. Hunt initially worked for Australian Associated Press and then Agence France-Presse where he served as bureau chief in Afghanistan and Cambodia and later as Deputy Economics Editor for Asia. Additionally, he has covered conflicts in Iraq, Sri Lanka, Kashmir and currently focuses on  Southeast Asia and regional trouble spots like Burma and the Southern Philippines. In 1999, he was commended by the UN special envoy Lahkdar Brahimi for the ‘best and most insightful” coverage of the Afghan civil war. Four years later he was the first journalist to cross the Diyala River into Baghdad with the US Marines. Hunt has featured in several documentaries including the the ‘Journos’ series produced for SBS Australia and covered the Khmer Rouge tribunals for The Times of London. He writes for The Economist, The Diplomat, The Edge Review and occasionally The New York Times and The Age in Melbourne. Hunt is an Academic Program Professor with Pannasastra University in Cambodia and has won awards with the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) and the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA).

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  • Barings Lost – Published Butterworth-Heinemann – December 20th, 1996