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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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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.

February 15, 2019

Will Sam Rainsy Make His Last Stand in Cambodia?

By David Hutt
Sam Rainsy's promise return to Cambodia is a gamble with Hun Sen and foreign governments.

January 30, 2019

Beware Cambodia’s Europe Sanctions Hype

By David Hutt
Claims of threats to the country’s sovereignty are vastly exaggerated and miss the broader point about how foreign economic relations work.
November 16, 2018

Vietnam's Communist Chief Is No Xi Jinping

By David Hutt
Misguided comparisons rest on a fundamental misunderstanding of the capabilities and limits of the Vietnamese Communist Party chief.

November 14, 2018

The Trouble with Cambodia’s Affordable Housing Plan

By David Hutt
The effort is neither affordable nor well-planned.
October 30, 2018

What’s Next for Timor-Leste’s Economy?

By David Hutt
The country’s state budget has spotlighted how it is dealing with some of the opportunities and challenges in its economic development.

October 24, 2018

Why Cambodia's Poverty Statistics Dispute Matters

By David Hutt
A recent dispute has shed light on deeper issues in how poverty is assessed in the Southeast Asian state.

September 28, 2018

Cambodia’s Domestic Politics in the Spotlight at the United Nations

By David Hutt
With protests planned in New York, the Southeast Asian state’s politics is set to be on display this weekend.

September 21, 2018

What’s Behind the Release of Cambodia’s Opposition Leader?

By David Hutt
The freeing of Kem Sokha has raised bigger questions about power and the way it is exercised in Cambodia.
August 05, 2018

Cambodia’s Election: Mind the Numbers

By David Hutt
A closer look at some of the early figures coming out of the poll results and their significance.

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