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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
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.

March 19, 2020

Why the Global Coronavirus Pandemic Could Get Worse for Southeast Asia

By David Hutt
Recent indications suggest that the region’s problem could exacerbate in the coming weeks.

March 11, 2020

How Strong are Southeast Asia’s ‘Strongmen’?

By David Hutt
A closer look at a new book on dictators and the applicability of its insights in Southeast Asia.

February 27, 2020

Don’t Be Too Pessimistic About Timor-Leste’s New Political Instability

By David Hutt
The new round of uncertainty brought about by the premier’s resignation deserves attention but also needs to be kept in perspective.
February 18, 2020

Cambodia Is Still Failing Its Disabled Persons

By David Hutt
Despite the government’s rhetoric, the reality is much more concerning.

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