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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
May 04, 2022

The Enduring Role of Mistresses in Southeast Asian Politics

By David Hutt
From the Philippines to Cambodia, male politicians' adulterous behavior has shaped political careers and national trajectories.

April 07, 2022

Southeast Asia’s Leaders Are the Right Age

By David Hutt
The region's recent history furnishes little evidence of a correlation between a leader's youthfulness and their political worldview.
February 25, 2022

Why Southeast Asians Should Care About the Ukraine Crisis

By David Hutt
The region professes a concern for the norm of national sovereignty. Will it speak up in the case of Ukraine?

February 18, 2022

The Indo-Pacific Should Not Command All of US Attention

By David Hutt
Withdrawing from Europe and the Middle East to focus on the Indo-Pacific would be a misstep for Washington.

February 10, 2022

Is Or Vandine Cambodia’s Future?

By David Hutt
The U.S.-educated Health Ministry official has shot to prominence as the public face of Cambodia's COVID-19 response.

February 04, 2022

Why Doesn’t the West Sell Weapons to Myanmar’s Anti-Junta Rebels?

By David Hutt
Whether or not direct military aid would help, Western governments should recognize that there is no going back to the status quo ante.
January 14, 2022

Has the ASEAN Chair Become Too Powerful?

By David Hutt
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen's visit to Myanmar has highlighted deep flaws in the bloc's modus operandi.

January 10, 2022

Washington Needs to Sort Out Its Ambassadors to Southeast Asia

By David Hutt
A focus on high-profile state visits conceals the vacuum of diplomatic representation at the regional and national level.

December 15, 2021

Why the West Has Gone Soft on Human Rights in Vietnam

By David Hutt
Hanoi's strategic importance to the U.S. and its allies has allowed the Communist Party greater leeway in silencing its critics.

December 03, 2021

Cambodia’s Political Succession Could Get Messy

By David Hutt
Hun Sen made it official: he is positioning his eldest son as his successor. Is the CPP ready for a generational change?

November 19, 2021

Will Domestic Politics Upend Cambodia’s ASEAN Chairmanship?

By David Hutt
The deteriorating rights situation in Cambodia will be a major distraction from ASEAN’s agenda.
November 12, 2021

Did COVID-19 Strengthen Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia?

By David Hutt
There doesn’t appear to be any clear correlation between how a government handled the pandemic and the waning of political freedom. 

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