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David Hutt

David Hutt

David Hutt has been Southeast Asia columnist at The Diplomat since 2016, writing regularly 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 is a research fellow at the Central European Institute of Asian Studies (CEIAS), an independent think-tank. He covers Southeast Asian affairs for Asia Times; Europe-Asia relations for Deutsche Welle; and European politics for Euronews. His work has been published by Foreign Policy, Nikkei Asia, South China Morning Post, World Politics Review, 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. He can be followed on Twitter @davidhuttjourno


Posts by David Hutt
October 22, 2021

Does It Matter If Myanmar’s Junta Leader Is Banned From the ASEAN Summit?

By David Hutt
Despite uninviting Min Aung Hlaing from the summit, it remains unclear whether the Southeast Asian bloc has a longer-term plan.

October 07, 2021

Is ASEAN at Fault for Rising Indo-Pacific Tensions?

By David Hutt
Through its dithering and lack of unity, the bloc has opened a space for further interference from outside powers.
September 30, 2021

Could Evergrande’s Contagion Wreck Cambodia’s Property Sector?

By David Hutt
Over the past decade, the country's property market has become heavily reliant on inward flows of Chinese investment.

July 12, 2021

The Regional Absence in Mainland Southeast Asia’s COVID-19 Strategy

By David Hutt
Despite their local vaccination efforts, the nations of the region won't be safe until the entire region achieves herd immunity.

July 06, 2021

Do Cambodia’s Human Rights Groups Ignore Ethnic Vietnamese?

By David Hutt
After decades of depredations, both real and imagined, Vietnam remains the main bogeyman of Cambodian nationalism.

June 28, 2021

Will Vaccination Be Hun Sen’s Legacy?

By David Hutt
Cambodia's successful COVID-19 vaccine rollout has given the country's leader a golden chance to bow out of politics. Will he take it?
June 11, 2021

In Cambodia, the End of COVID-19 Will Heighten the Economic Contradictions

By David Hutt
Corruption and inequality are set to rise as the country emerges from the pandemic.

April 22, 2021

Cambodia COVID-19 Drive Rests on Elite Charity Networks

By David Hutt
The Cambodian government is presenting COVID-19 relief packages as a gift from the wealthy and well-connected.

April 16, 2021

Cambodia Risks Being Left Behind by Workplace Automation

By David Hutt
The Cambodian government has done little to prepare its population for an epochal economic shift.

April 02, 2021

Should UN Intervention in Myanmar Be Off the Table? 

By David Hutt
The situation in Myanmar is worsening and the international community, although with good intentions, is standing, slack-jawed, watching events pass it by.

March 26, 2021

Laos’ Austerity Fantasies Reveal the Communist Party’s Weaknesses

By David Hutt
Ballooning external debt and growing fiscal deficits augur political storm clouds for the ruling LPRP.
March 19, 2021

Domestic Violence Scandal Highlights Cambodian Government’s Hypocrisy

By David Hutt
A treatment of the self-claimed businessman Duong Chhay reveals once again that in Hun Sen's Cambodia, there is one set of rules for the powerful and another for everyone else.

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