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David Hutt

David Hutt is Southeast Asia columnist at The Diplomat in Cambodia, where he has been based for more than two years. He was previously a reporter at Southeast Asia Globe magazine, where he wrote about Southeast Asian politics and current affairs, and the editor of Focus Asean magazine. Before that, he reported from Nicaragua and Costa Rica. David currently writes about politics in the Asia-Pacific region for numerous local and international publications.  He can be followed on Twitter @davidhuttjourno

The Trouble With Timor-Leste’s Consensus Politics
February 24, 2017
The Trouble With Timor-Leste’s Consensus Politics
Stability could not come at the expense of democracy.
The Trouble With Timor-Leste’s Consensus Politics
What’s Next for Cambodia’s Sam Rainsy?
February 15, 2017
What’s Next for Cambodia’s Sam Rainsy?
A look at what may follow the opposition leader’s resignation.
What’s Next for Cambodia’s Sam Rainsy?
Too Late for a Singapore Reading Culture?
February 10, 2017
Too Late for a Singapore Reading Culture?
A closer look at a hotly-contested issue.
Too Late for a Singapore Reading Culture?
Duterte and LeniLeaks: Much Ado About Nothing?
February 02, 2017
Duterte and LeniLeaks: Much Ado About Nothing?
Was the Philippines' vice president really trying to overthrow Duterte?
Duterte and LeniLeaks: Much Ado About Nothing?
Defending Free Speech in ASEAN
January 23, 2017
Defending Free Speech in ASEAN
There have been some troubling regional developments on the issue of late.
Defending Free Speech in ASEAN
The Real Price of Cambodia's Defamation Charges
January 20, 2017
The Real Price of Cambodia's Defamation Charges
A closer look at what is a costly affair in the country.
The Real Price of Cambodia's Defamation Charges
Is Cambodia's Chhay Thy Really a Sellout?
January 14, 2017
Is Cambodia's Chhay Thy Really a Sellout?
A closer look at a development that is sparking controversy in Cambodia.
Is Cambodia's Chhay Thy Really a Sellout?
The Real Danger of Cambodia’s ‘Gay King’ Episode
January 12, 2017
The Real Danger of Cambodia’s ‘Gay King’ Episode
A recent incident could have broader implications for democracy and human rights in the country.
The Real Danger of Cambodia’s ‘Gay King’ Episode
Najib’s Dangerous and Self-Serving Rohingya Campaign
December 24, 2016
Najib’s Dangerous and Self-Serving Rohingya Campaign
The Malaysian prime minister’s intrusion into a sensitive issue in Myanmar carries risks of its own.
Najib’s Dangerous and Self-Serving Rohingya Campaign
The Trouble With John Pilger’s <em>The Coming War on China</em>
December 23, 2016
The Trouble With John Pilger’s The Coming War on China
A closer look at a new documentary.
The Trouble With John Pilger’s The Coming War on China
The Trouble With Timor-Leste’s Gender Quotas
December 17, 2016
The Trouble With Timor-Leste’s Gender Quotas
The devil lies in the details.
The Trouble With Timor-Leste’s Gender Quotas
Shifting Idylls: Urban-Rural Dynamics in Cambodia
December 06, 2016
Shifting Idylls: Urban-Rural Dynamics in Cambodia
A closer look at how the city and the countryside – and perceptions of them – are evolving.
Shifting Idylls: Urban-Rural Dynamics in Cambodia
The Trouble With Cambodia's Largest Opposition Party
November 26, 2016
The Trouble With Cambodia's Largest Opposition Party
Internal criticism needs to become the norm if it is to become a truly democratic alternative.
The Trouble With Cambodia's Largest Opposition Party
Beware the Specter of Reactionism in Southeast Asia
November 24, 2016
Beware the Specter of Reactionism in Southeast Asia
The region is not immune from a trend we are witnessing globally.
Beware the Specter of Reactionism in Southeast Asia
Time for Suu Kyi’s Second Revolution in Myanmar
November 22, 2016
Time for Suu Kyi’s Second Revolution in Myanmar
She and her party must complete the work that they have only just begun.
Time for Suu Kyi’s Second Revolution in Myanmar
Is China's Influence in Timor-Leste Rising?
November 19, 2016
Is China's Influence in Timor-Leste Rising?
While there are indications of Beijing's growing reach, its role needs to be kept in perspective.
Is China's Influence in Timor-Leste Rising?
Is Cambodia's Expanded Minimum Wage Really a Good Idea?
November 04, 2016
Is Cambodia's Expanded Minimum Wage Really a Good Idea?
A closer look at a proposal.
Is Cambodia's Expanded Minimum Wage Really a Good Idea?
Does Cambodia Really Care About Its Disabled?
November 03, 2016
Does Cambodia Really Care About Its Disabled?
The evidence suggests that more attention needs to be given to the problem.
Does Cambodia Really Care About Its Disabled?
The Truth About Anti-Vietnam Sentiment in Cambodia
October 20, 2016
The Truth About Anti-Vietnam Sentiment in Cambodia
A closer look at a subject that often does not get enough sustained attention.
The Truth About Anti-Vietnam Sentiment in Cambodia
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