David Hutt is a British freelance political journalist and columnist based between the Czech Republic and the UK, covering European politics and foreign affairs, EU-Asia relations and Southeast Asian politics.

He is Southeast Asia Columnist for the Diplomat, a columnist and correspondent for Asia Times, contributing editor at The Geopolitics.

His articles have also appeared in the Foreign Policy, Nikkei Asian Review, South China Morning Post, Forbes, EuroNews, World Politics Review, Visegrad Insight, Southeast Asia Globe, the Mekong Review, and others. 

He was formerly a reporter at the Southeast Asia Globe and editor of Focus ASEAN. He served as president of the Overseas Press Club of Cambodia between 2018 and 2019, and as a visiting fellow at Future Forum, a Phnom Penh-based think tank. 

He was previously based in Cambodia (2014-2019), reporting on Asian politics and economics. Before that, he was based in Nicaragua (2013-2014), covering Central American affairs.

In Asia, his reporting trips include Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore and East Timor, while he report from across Europe. He covered the 2017 and 2018 elections in Cambodia, as well as elections in Malaysia and East Timor, while he covered the Trump-Kim Peace Talks from Hanoi in early 2019. The stories he broke include Chinese attempts to build a naval base in Cambodia; lobbying contracts by Cambodia’s main opposition party; and lobbying deal between a Vietnamese military conglomerate and the Trump team.

He has also been a political and risk consultant for a number of years, providing reports for Control Risks, Access Asia Consulting, the Media Development Investment Fund and the Diplomat Risk Intelligence unit, amongst others.

Close