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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

What’s Behind Vietnam’s Rising Violence?
June 22, 2017
What’s Behind Vietnam’s Rising Violence?
The rise of physical violence committed against activists is a troubling trend.
What’s Behind Vietnam’s Rising Violence?
Stop Hyping Up Sam Rainsy's Return to Cambodia
June 20, 2017
Stop Hyping Up Sam Rainsy's Return to Cambodia
It is not clear what good the opposition figure’s reentry would do for him, his party, or his country.
Stop Hyping Up Sam Rainsy's Return to Cambodia
How Nationalism Undermines ASEAN Integration
June 07, 2017
How Nationalism Undermines ASEAN Integration
The problem continues to haunt the grouping fifty years on.
How Nationalism Undermines ASEAN Integration
The Fall of Cambodia’s Patron-Client Politics?
May 19, 2017
The Fall of Cambodia’s Patron-Client Politics?
Upcoming commune elections will be a key litmus test of whether patron-client bonds are weakening.
The Fall of Cambodia’s Patron-Client Politics?
What We Don’t Know About the Cambodian Opposition’s Financial Plans
May 12, 2017
What We Don’t Know About the Cambodian Opposition’s Financial Plans
Several important questions remain unanswered.
What We Don’t Know About the Cambodian Opposition’s Financial Plans
Is Laos’ New Leader Really a Reformer?
April 26, 2017
Is Laos’ New Leader Really a Reformer?
The answer is much more complicated than a surface glance might suggest.
Is Laos’ New Leader Really a Reformer?
The Trouble With Cambodia’s Two-Party System
April 12, 2017
The Trouble With Cambodia’s Two-Party System
The lack of a formidable third party is hurting the country's opposition.
The Trouble With Cambodia’s Two-Party System
Why the US Approach to Singapore’s Amos Yee Matters
April 06, 2017
Why the US Approach to Singapore’s Amos Yee Matters
It reveals a lot about the Trump administration’s stance on rights issues, which has already been in doubt.
Why the US Approach to Singapore’s Amos Yee Matters
Will the Environment Be the Vietnam Government’s Downfall?
March 22, 2017
Will the Environment Be the Vietnam Government’s Downfall?
Environmental protests are proving a tough challenge for the communist regime.
Will the Environment Be the Vietnam Government’s Downfall?
Rising Intimidation in Cambodian Politics Calls for Urgent Solidarity
March 11, 2017
Rising Intimidation in Cambodian Politics Calls for Urgent Solidarity
The worries continue to grow as elections approach.
Rising Intimidation in Cambodian Politics Calls for Urgent Solidarity
The Cowardice of Aung San Suu Kyi
March 01, 2017
The Cowardice of Aung San Suu Kyi
Is The Lady still a champion of rights and democracy?
The Cowardice of Aung San Suu Kyi
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
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