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David Hutt

David Hutt

David Hutt is Southeast Asia columnist at The Diplomat based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where he has been based for more than two years.

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

Posts by David Hutt
February 18, 2020

Cambodia Is Still Failing Its Disabled Persons

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

February 14, 2020

Why More Hun Sen Has Meant Less Progress for Cambodia

By David Hutt
While Cambodia is certainly better off than it was in the 1990s, progress has slowed as the premier’s rule has continued.
February 06, 2020

EU Confronts Make or Break Decisions for Vietnam and Cambodia

By David Hutt
Two upcoming calls will help define the European Union’s ties with the Southeast Asian countries.

January 30, 2020

The Truth About Hun Sen and the Media in Cambodia

By David Hutt
Hun Sen’s recent comments belie the true relationship that he wishes to cultivate with the media.

January 23, 2020

No New Thinking in Laos?

By David Hutt
In recent years, the regime has looked to be stuck in static thinking.

January 16, 2020

Another Vietnam Politburo Purge?

By David Hutt
A closer look at one of the storylines developing within Vietnamese politics ahead of next year’s National Congress.
January 09, 2020

The Bigger Problem Behind Cambodia’s Building Collapses

By David Hutt
The recent spate of incidents raises a broader concern about safety standards in the country.

December 07, 2019

What’s Next for Kem Sokha’s Trial in Cambodia?

By David Hutt
Recent developments have highlighted the event and the implications it could have for Cambodia's domestic and foreign affairs.

November 29, 2019

Workers of Vietnam, Unite?

By David Hutt
A revised labor code could have important implications for how trade unions operate in the country.

November 22, 2019

Vietnam’s Big Ethnic Challenge

By David Hutt
The plight of Vietnam’s ethnic groups continues to be a point of focus for the government.

November 14, 2019

What’s Next for Cambodia’s Opposition Politics?

By David Hutt
After a big week for the country’s opposition, a look at what may lie ahead for it as well as Cambodian politics more generally.
October 31, 2019

What Happens After a Cambodia Opposition Party Comeback?

By David Hutt
A look at a range of scenarios that could follow a significant potential development.

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