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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

Does Cambodia’s New Opposition Party Really Matter?
January 17, 2018
Does Cambodia’s New Opposition Party Really Matter?
A closer look at the new Cambodia National Rescue Movement.
Does Cambodia’s New Opposition Party 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?
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
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