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David Hutt

David Hutt

David Hutt has been Southeast Asia columnist at The Diplomat since 2016, writing weekly about Southeast Asian politics.

David Hutt has been Southeast Asia columnist at The Diplomat since 2016, writing weekly about Southeast Asian politics. He was formerly based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He also writes for Foreign Policy, Asia Times, Nikkei Asian Review, South China Morning Post, and other international publications. He was previously a reporter at Southeast Asia Globe magazine and the editor of Focus Asean magazine. He was president of the Overseas Press Club of Cambodia between 2018 and 2019, and is a visiting fellow at Future Forum, a Phnom Penh-based think tank. He can be followed on Twitter @davidhuttjourno

Posts by David Hutt
July 03, 2020

Do EU Sanctions on Cambodia Still Matter?

By David Hutt
The sanctions are too little, too late to have the desired impact -- especially amid a pandemic.

June 25, 2020

Suspending Lèse Majesté Could Actually Strengthen Thailand’s Monarchy

By David Hutt
Free speech could even get worse because of the suspension of lèse majesté.
June 10, 2020

Southeast Asia’s Desaparecidos

By David Hutt
Enforced disappearances -- a tragedy all too familiar in Latin America -- are increasingly becoming a feature of Southeast Asian politics, too.

June 04, 2020

An Uncertain Future for Laos

By David Hutt
Laos’ quinquennial National Party Congress is coming up in 2021, but the prospects for meaningful change look slimmer and slimmer.

May 13, 2020

When Hun Sen Met Kem Sokha

By David Hutt
The meeting between Hun Sen and the opposition-leader-turned-treason-suspect is a political signal -- but of what?

May 01, 2020

Will Vietnam Be ASEAN Chair for Another Year?

By David Hutt
There are rumors that Vietnam wants an extra year as chair, to make up for the COVID-19 disruption. Would the rest of ASEAN agree to that?
April 29, 2020

Southeast Asia’s Princelings

By David Hutt
From Indonesia to Cambodia and beyond, the children of politicians are keeping the family business going – for better or for worse.

April 21, 2020

Thailand’s Lost Youth

By David Hutt
A Thai born in 1990 has now experienced 3 economic crises, 2 military coups, and countless constitutional changes. Small wonder discontent is boiling over.

April 17, 2020

Southeast Asia’s Coronavirus-Driven Censorship

By David Hutt
Across Southeast Asia, there's a worrying rush to sacrifice free speech in the name of nebulous benefits amid a crisis.

April 09, 2020

How COVID-19 Could Spark a Series of Crises Across Southeast Asia  

By David Hutt
COVID-19 could be just the first in a series of crises that hit the region in the coming months.

April 02, 2020

Will the COVID-19 Crisis Spell the End of Cambodia’s Hun Sen?

By David Hutt
COVID-19 may not topple Cambodia’s Hun Sen, but its shockwaves could spark the beginning of the end of his rule.
March 25, 2020

Does Cambodia’s Coronavirus Bailout Really Add Up?

By David Hutt
The proposed solution deserves scrutiny.

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