David Hutt is British political journalist based between France and the Czech Republic, covering European politics and foreign affairs, and Europe-Asia relations. Having arrived back in Europe in mid-2019, after five years covering Southeast Asian affairs from Cambodia, he will focus on the politics of Britain and the Visegrad nations – Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary.
He previously covered Southeast Asian affairs (2014-2019) based in Cambodia, and before that Central American affairs (2012-2013) based in Nicaragua.
He is the “Southeast Asia Columnist” for the Diplomat, a correspondent to the Asia Times, and a political analyst and provider of opinion articles.
In 2012, after graduating from the University of Sussex with a First in history, he moved to Nicaragua and become a regular contributor to the Nicaragua Dispatch, the country’s only English-language newspaper, and Costa Rica’s Tico Times, where he covered Nicaraguan politics, the Central American drug trade and the “pink” wave of socialism in Latin America.
Two years later, he moved to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to work as a reporter for the Southeast Asia Globe, a regional, monthly magazine, where he reported on the living history of the Khmer Rouge, armed rebels in Laos and the growing pro-democracy scene in Vietnam. He was also a regular commentator on the development of Timor-Leste. He became editor of Focus Asean, the Globe’s sister business magazine.
Leaving to go freelance in 2016, he became Southeast Asia Columnist at the Diplomat, Asia’s most trusted analysis publication, for which he writes a weekly column on Asian politics and political theory. He also became a regular contributor to Asia Times, covering the Indo-China nations. He covered elections in Cambodia, Malaysia and Timor-Leste, and broke numerous stories, including the Vietnamese military’s lobbying connections to the Trump administration and allegations that China is secretly building a military base in Cambodia.
His writings have appeared in Forbes, South China Morning Post, Nikkei Asian Review, World Politics Review, among others.
David served as president of the Overseas Press Club of Cambodia between 2018 and 2019, and is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Cambodia-based Future Forum think-tank.
He speaks French to moderate proficiency, some Khmer and Vietnamese, and is learning Czech and Russian.