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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
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August 01, 2019

Confronting Property Rights and Wrongs in Laos

By David Hutt
The issue of property rights looms large as part of various issues that the Southeast Asian country and its people are contending with.
July 26, 2019

The Bail Challenge in Southeast Asia

By David Hutt
Changes need to be made to bail systems to ensure that true justice is served for all.

July 19, 2019

The Trouble With Cambodia’s Health System

By David Hutt
The poor state of the country’s healthcare system remains a major issue.

July 10, 2019

The Only Way to End Corruption in Laos

By David Hutt
A true elimination of the problem will only come with broader political change in the country.

July 03, 2019

Does Cambodia’s Opposition Finally Have a Winning Comeback Plan?

By David Hutt
The comeback strategy in the works amounts to a bold leap into the unknown, and it is unclear if it will pay off.  
June 28, 2019

Why Is Repression Rising in Vietnam?

By David Hutt
A deeper look at a worsening trend.

June 18, 2019

The Real Failure of Southeast Asia’s Drug Wars

By David Hutt
Wars against drugs may be winning political campaigns, but they are losing socioeconomic battles.
June 08, 2019

Hun Manet: The Next Prime Minister of Cambodia?

By David Hutt
The issue of succession continues to loom large in Cambodia’s politics.

May 29, 2019

Why a New Trade Pact Could be the Carrot the EU Needs in Cambodia

By David Hutt
The idea of such a pact is one such way for the EU to offer carrots, rather than just sticks, that can help it achieve its reform objectives in the country.

April 26, 2019

Cambodia’s Opposition Party Must End its Policy Silence Now

By David Hutt
The CNRP’s weakened position makes the case for unveiling policy specifics stronger than ever.

March 14, 2019

The Mirage of a Cambodia Palace Coup

By David Hutt
Suggestions by Sam Rainsy of a palace coup grossly overestimate factionalism in the CPP and underestimate Hun Sen’s power.
February 23, 2019

How Cambodia Could Win a War on Plastics

By David Hutt
There are some basic steps that could go a long way in helping the country address a serious issue.

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