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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

Why the Return of Partisanship in Timor-Leste is a Good Thing
October 19, 2017
Why the Return of Partisanship in Timor-Leste is a Good Thing
Opposition has an important role to play in the young country’s ongoing political development.
Why the Return of Partisanship in Timor-Leste is a Good Thing
A New Drug Win for Malaysia?
October 11, 2017
A New Drug Win for Malaysia?
The country could be taking a step forward soon in the region’s continuing struggle with drugs.
A New Drug Win for Malaysia?
Will Vietnam Grow Old Before it Gets Rich?
October 02, 2017
Will Vietnam Grow Old Before it Gets Rich?
A closer look at the country’s aging population and what that means.
Will Vietnam Grow Old Before it Gets Rich?
Is Cambodia Really Becoming a Dictatorship?
September 22, 2017
Is Cambodia Really Becoming a Dictatorship?
Despite troubling developments, a little more optimism is warranted as the Cambodian people get ready to go to the polls.
Is Cambodia Really Becoming a Dictatorship?
Could the End of Cambodia’s Opposition Be a Good Thing?
September 08, 2017
Could the End of Cambodia’s Opposition Be a Good Thing?
A closer look at the implications of the ongoing government crackdown in the Southeast Asian state ahead of upcoming polls.
Could the End of Cambodia’s Opposition Be a Good Thing?
Cambodia's Worrying War on Free Speech
September 02, 2017
Cambodia's Worrying War on Free Speech
The Hun Sen government is attempting to do through legal means what it had once done through violence.
Cambodia's Worrying War on Free Speech
Beware the War Against ASEAN’s Atheists
August 19, 2017
Beware the War Against ASEAN’s Atheists
A look at the ongoing persecution of a minority group that continues to be under assault in some parts of the region.
Beware the War Against ASEAN’s Atheists
Why Southeast Asia's 'Stabilitocracies' Endure
August 11, 2017
Why Southeast Asia's 'Stabilitocracies' Endure
For many, the price of instability still appears to be too high to pay for democracy to take root.
Why Southeast Asia's 'Stabilitocracies' Endure
Cambodia's Microfinance Industry: Why Bigger May Not Be Better
August 03, 2017
Cambodia's Microfinance Industry: Why Bigger May Not Be Better
A closer look at an issue that has been in the spotlight recently.
Cambodia's Microfinance Industry: Why Bigger May Not Be Better
Why Cambodia’s Future Could Be Shaped By Its Senate
June 30, 2017
Why Cambodia’s Future Could Be Shaped By Its Senate
The role of the legislative body has been overlooked but could be potentially important in determining the country’s politics.
Why Cambodia’s Future Could Be Shaped By Its Senate
Remembering the Cambodian Coup
June 28, 2017
Remembering the Cambodian Coup
“Those old enough to remember it do… those too young have no idea how bad things got.”
Remembering the Cambodian Coup
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
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