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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

Repression Rising in Vietnam
June 22, 2018
Repression Rising in Vietnam
The ruling party continues to adopt a tougher approach to dissent internally even in cases involving its important external partners.
Repression Rising in Vietnam
Who Will Be Timor-Leste’s New Prime Minister?
June 15, 2018
Who Will Be Timor-Leste’s New Prime Minister?
Taur Matan Ruak, rather than Xanana Gusmao, is expected to be appointed the country’s new premier.
Who Will Be Timor-Leste’s New Prime Minister?
Could Cambodia’s Minor Parties Play a Major Role in its 2018 Election?
June 08, 2018
Could Cambodia’s Minor Parties Play a Major Role in its 2018 Election?
The potential importance of smaller parties in upcoming polls should not be overlooked.
Could Cambodia’s Minor Parties Play a Major Role in its 2018 Election?
Is Laos Really Launching a New Corruption Crackdown?
May 16, 2018
Is Laos Really Launching a New Corruption Crackdown?
A closer look at the developments underway and their significance.
Is Laos Really Launching a New Corruption Crackdown?
Vietnam’s Seventh Plenum: What to Watch
May 01, 2018
Vietnam’s Seventh Plenum: What to Watch
Some key items to look for at a significant upcoming political event.
Vietnam’s Seventh Plenum: What to Watch
The Truth About the New Laos Minimum Wage Hike
April 25, 2018
The Truth About the New Laos Minimum Wage Hike
The development needs to be put into proper perspective to ascertain its true impact.
The Truth About the New Laos Minimum Wage Hike
A New Era of Political Coalitions in Timor-Leste?
April 19, 2018
A New Era of Political Coalitions in Timor-Leste?
A look at the state of the country’s politics ahead of upcoming elections.
A New Era of Political Coalitions in Timor-Leste?
The Real Problem with Malaysia’s Fake News Law
April 05, 2018
The Real Problem with Malaysia’s Fake News Law
The controversy over the law belies deeper issues in the country and the region more generally.
The Real Problem with Malaysia’s Fake News Law
Is Laos Really Getting Tough on Crime?
March 29, 2018
Is Laos Really Getting Tough on Crime?
Any attempt to evaluate the government's performance must recognize that the approach can cut both ways.
Is Laos Really Getting Tough on Crime?
How Will PAS Matter in Malaysia’s Election?
March 22, 2018
How Will PAS Matter in Malaysia’s Election?
The conservative Islamic party could play an important role in upcoming polls or thereafter.
How Will PAS Matter in Malaysia’s Election?
Malaysia Still on the Wrong Path on Women’s Rights
February 26, 2018
Malaysia Still on the Wrong Path on Women’s Rights
A recent UN conference scrutinized the country’s record with respect to female genital mutilation.
Malaysia Still on the Wrong Path on Women’s Rights
Will Vietnam’s Communist Party Ever Change Its Ways?
February 20, 2018
Will Vietnam’s Communist Party Ever Change Its Ways?
Vietnam is an interesting case study in the question of whether communist parties can truly reform from within.
Will Vietnam’s Communist Party Ever Change Its Ways?
Why Boycotting Malaysia’s Election Makes Sense
February 07, 2018
Why Boycotting Malaysia’s Election Makes Sense
The opposition to the campaign to spoil votes at the polls misses the point.
Why Boycotting Malaysia’s Election Makes Sense
Beware the Destruction of Civil Society in Laos
January 30, 2018
Beware the Destruction of Civil Society in Laos
A look at a worrying aspect of the country’s deteriorating human rights situation.
Beware the Destruction of Civil Society in Laos
Does Cambodia’s New Opposition Movement Really Matter?
January 17, 2018
Does Cambodia’s New Opposition Movement Really Matter?
A closer look at the new Cambodia National Rescue Movement.
Does Cambodia’s New Opposition Movement Really Matter?
Drinking in Hanoi: Alcohol and Politics in Vietnam
December 27, 2017
Drinking in Hanoi: Alcohol and Politics in Vietnam
A very short history of alcohol and politics in Vietnam.
Drinking in Hanoi: Alcohol and Politics in Vietnam
Aung San Suu Kyi: Culpable of 'Genocide'?
December 19, 2017
Aung San Suu Kyi: Culpable of 'Genocide'?
Will the international community contend with Aung San Suu Kyi's culpability for the violence in Rakhine State?
Aung San Suu Kyi: Culpable of 'Genocide'?
What Would Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Mean for Southeast Asia?
December 16, 2017
What Would Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Mean for Southeast Asia?
As rumors swirl about Rex Tillerson's potential departure, a look at what one of his replacements might mean for the subregion.
What Would Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Mean for Southeast Asia?
The Eternal Win-Wins of Hun Sen’s Power in Cambodia
December 06, 2017
The Eternal Win-Wins of Hun Sen’s Power in Cambodia
There is some remarkable continuity in the rhetoric that the ruling party has adopted to sustain its legitimacy.
The Eternal Win-Wins of Hun Sen’s Power in Cambodia
Is Cambodia’s Opposition a Victim of its Own Success?
November 29, 2017
Is Cambodia’s Opposition a Victim of its Own Success?
The CNRP inspired people to believe their votes count even in a system where this was always unlikely to be the case.
Is Cambodia’s Opposition a Victim of its Own Success?
Where Are Southeast Asia’s Loyal Oppositions?
November 22, 2017
Where Are Southeast Asia’s Loyal Oppositions?
A closer look at opposition dynamics at play in the subregion.
Where Are Southeast Asia’s Loyal Oppositions?
Was the Indonesian Military Chief’s US Flight Incident a Political Stunt?
November 02, 2017
Was the Indonesian Military Chief’s US Flight Incident a Political Stunt?
Irrespective of what actually occurred, the incident holds significance for the country’s domestic politics.
Was the Indonesian Military Chief’s US Flight Incident a Political Stunt?
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?
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