David Hutt, The Diplomat

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Recent articles by David:

Do EU Sanctions on Cambodia Still Matter?

The sanctions are too little, too late to have the desired impact — especially amid a pandemic. → Read More

Suspending Lèse Majesté Could Actually Strengthen Thailand’s Monarchy

Consider the opening sentence of a recent Bangkok Post op-ed: “The sudden suspension of the controversial lèse majesté law as a result of His Majesty the King’s prerogative is a notable development.” Much work is being done by these two-dozen-or-so words, but let’s spell it out clearly: A draconian and undemocratic law was imposed undemocratically, applied undemocratically and, now, it seems,… → Read More

Knowing how your news is made

I confess: I am an awful headline writer. When I worked as a reporter at Southeast Asia Globe, a current affairs magazine based in Phnom Penh, the last → Read More

Southeast Asia’s Desaparecidos

Enforced disappearances — a tragedy all too familiar in Latin America — are increasingly becoming a feature of Southeast Asian politics, too. → Read More

An Uncertain Future for Laos

Laos’ quinquennial National Party Congress is coming up in 2021, but the prospects for meaningful change look slimmer and slimmer. → Read More

‘Cold War 1.5’ is a better historical analogy

Has the “New Cold War” already begun between the United States and China, or is there still time to prevent it? As tensions continue to escalate, especially over Hong Kong and Beijing’s… → Read More

Some thoughts on Vietnam’s Covid-19 repression

On Thursday, Pham Chi Thanh, a Vietnamese writer and blogger, was arrested for “producing, storing, and disseminating information and documents against → Read More

‘Cakeism’ in Cambodia

Giving a talk at a conference in Prague in early March, when the Covid-19 pandemic was still spoken of in “it-won’t-happen-here” tones in Europe, I was → Read More

When Hun Sen Met Kem Sokha

The meeting between Hun Sen and the opposition-leader-turned-treason-suspect is a political signal — but of what? → Read More

Vietnam may soon sue China on South China Sea

Vietnam is believed to be inching towards filing an international arbitration case against China’s expansive claims in the South China Sea, a potential → Read More

Will Vietnam Be ASEAN Chair for Another Year?

There are rumors that Vietnam wants an extra year as chair, to make up for the COVID-19 disruption. Would the rest of ASEAN agree to that? → Read More

Southeast Asia’s Princelings

From Indonesia to Cambodia and beyond, the children of politicians are keeping the family business going – for better or for worse. → Read More

Thailand’s Lost Youth

A Thai born in 1990 has now experienced 3 economic crises, 2 military coups, and countless constitutional changes. Small wonder discontent is boiling over. → Read More

Southeast Asia’s Coronavirus-Driven Censorship

Across Southeast Asia, there’s a worrying rush to sacrifice free speech in the name of nebulous benefits amid a crisis. → Read More

How COVID-19 Could Spark a Series of Crises Across Southeast Asia

COVID-19 could be just the first in a series of crises that hit the region in the coming months. → Read More

Will the COVID-19 Crisis Spell the End of Cambodia’s Hun Sen?

COVID-19 may not topple Cambodia’s Hun Sen, but its shockwaves could spark the beginning of the end of his rule. → Read More

Beijing may be readying propaganda for virus ‘second wave’

Why are Chinese officials now peddling the sort of conspiracy theories that claim Covid-19 is a man-made virus engineered in US military bases and → Read More

As virus hits Cambodia’s economy, the debts grow

A debt crisis was already brewing in Cambodia before the Covid-19 pandemic spawned a global recession. But without proper management, Cambodia’s economic → Read More

Democracies’ stilted response to Covid-19 a virtue

It defies belief, but somehow Beijing has emerged as some kind of success story for battling the Covid-19 outbreak. China is now considered by some, even in democracies, as a shining beacon of how … → Read More

China, SE Asia ties unravel amid virus crisis

When China sneezes, the old saw goes, Southeast Asia catches cold. Two months since the coronavirus, or Covid-19, epidemic started its lethal spread from China, the full contagion effect on neighbo… → Read More