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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

The Mirage of a Cambodia Palace Coup
March 14, 2019
The Mirage of a Cambodia Palace Coup
Suggestions by Sam Rainsy of a palace coup grossly overestimate factionalism in the CPP and underestimate Hun Sen’s power.
The Mirage of a Cambodia Palace Coup
How Cambodia Could Win a War on Plastics
February 23, 2019
How Cambodia Could Win a War on Plastics
There are some basic steps that could go a long way in helping the country address a serious issue.
How Cambodia Could Win a War on Plastics
Will Sam Rainsy Make His Last Stand in Cambodia?
February 15, 2019
Will Sam Rainsy Make His Last Stand in Cambodia?
Sam Rainsy's promise return to Cambodia is a gamble with Hun Sen and foreign governments.
Will Sam Rainsy Make His Last Stand in Cambodia?
Beware Cambodia’s Europe Sanctions Hype
January 30, 2019
Beware Cambodia’s Europe Sanctions Hype
Claims of threats to the country’s sovereignty are vastly exaggerated and miss the broader point about how foreign economic relations work.
Beware Cambodia’s Europe Sanctions Hype
Vietnam's Communist Chief Is No Xi Jinping
November 16, 2018
Vietnam's Communist Chief Is No Xi Jinping
Misguided comparisons rest on a fundamental misunderstanding of the capabilities and limits of the Vietnamese Communist Party chief.
Vietnam's Communist Chief Is No Xi Jinping
The Trouble with Cambodia’s Affordable Housing Plan
November 14, 2018
The Trouble with Cambodia’s Affordable Housing Plan
The effort is neither affordable nor well-planned.
The Trouble with Cambodia’s Affordable Housing Plan
What’s Next for Timor-Leste’s Economy?
October 30, 2018
What’s Next for Timor-Leste’s Economy?
The country’s state budget has spotlighted how it is dealing with some of the opportunities and challenges in its economic development.
What’s Next for Timor-Leste’s Economy?
Why Cambodia's Poverty Statistics Dispute Matters
October 24, 2018
Why Cambodia's Poverty Statistics Dispute Matters
A recent dispute has shed light on deeper issues in how poverty is assessed in the Southeast Asian state.
Why Cambodia's Poverty Statistics Dispute Matters
Cambodia’s Domestic Politics in the Spotlight at the United Nations
September 28, 2018
Cambodia’s Domestic Politics in the Spotlight at the United Nations
With protests planned in New York, the Southeast Asian state’s politics is set to be on display this weekend.
Cambodia’s Domestic Politics in the Spotlight at the United Nations
What’s Behind the Release of Cambodia’s Opposition Leader?
September 21, 2018
What’s Behind the Release of Cambodia’s Opposition Leader?
The freeing of Kem Sokha has raised bigger questions about power and the way it is exercised in Cambodia.
What’s Behind the Release of Cambodia’s Opposition Leader?
Cambodia’s Election: Mind the Numbers
August 05, 2018
Cambodia’s Election: Mind the Numbers
A closer look at some of the early figures coming out of the poll results and their significance.
Cambodia’s Election: Mind the Numbers
Why Did Vietnam Suspend a Popular Newspaper?
July 26, 2018
Why Did Vietnam Suspend a Popular Newspaper?
A closer look at the reasoning behind a move that has sparked headlines.
Why Did Vietnam Suspend a Popular Newspaper?
How Worried Should Laos Be About Its Debt Problems?
July 13, 2018
How Worried Should Laos Be About Its Debt Problems?
The issue poses significant challenges for the Southeast Asian state’s future trajectory.
How Worried Should Laos Be About Its Debt Problems?
One New Way to Boost Timor-Leste's Economy
June 28, 2018
One New Way to Boost Timor-Leste's Economy
With the appointment of a new premier, the country should look at the policy as an option for managing its economy.
One New Way to Boost Timor-Leste's Economy
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?
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