About Me

I'm a journalist and author based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Since 2008, I have reported widely from across the Asia-Pacific and my writing has appeared in more than 25 publications in the US, Asia, and Australia.
Great Expectations: Will Myanmar’s Election Bring Real Change?

Great Expectations: Will Myanmar’s Election Bring Real Change?

On Nov. 8, an estimated 30 million people took part in Myanmar’s first free national election in a quarter-century.
The Strongman of Siam

The Strongman of Siam

With Thailand’s ailing monarch fading from the scene, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha is positioning the military to rule indefinitely — by silencing all dissent.
Vietnam: Forty Years Later

Vietnam: Forty Years Later

Forty years after the war, it is the ideals of the former South Vietnam that appear ascendant.
Forty years after 'Year Zero': Cambodia's young wrestle with a dark past

Forty years after ‘Year Zero’: Cambodia’s young wrestle with a dark past

TAKEO, Cambodia — Four decades ago, on April 17, 1975, the communist Khmer Rouge marched into Phnom Penh and seized power.
The House That Hun Sen Built

The House That Hun Sen Built

The strongman has ruled Cambodia for 30 years with corruption, charisma, and brute force. Now he’s facing the greatest challenge of his career.
Myanmar's wildlife trafficking hotspot

Myanmar’s wildlife trafficking hotspot

Mong La has become a hub for gambling, prostitution and illegal animal products like ivory and tiger bones.
How a Brutal Khmer Rouge Leader Died 'Not Guilty'

How a Brutal Khmer Rouge Leader Died ‘Not Guilty’

A verdict was never reached in Ieng Sary’s human rights abuses case. His story reveals the limitations of international tribunals.
As Asia Rises and Europe Declines, Russia Invests Its Hopes in its Far East

As Asia Rises and Europe Declines, Russia Invests Its Hopes in its Far East

Vladivostok, a Pacific port city long in decline, is being revitalized by Moscow. But the city’s slow integration with China, Japan, and South Korea is clashing with its long-Slavic identity. Can a city be both European and Asian?
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North Korea's multimillion-dollar museum in Cambodia

North Korea’s multimillion-dollar museum in Cambodia

North Korea hopes to reap large profits from its new Angkor Panorama Museum in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
With connectivity boom, Cambodia's political battles shift online

With connectivity boom, Cambodia’s political battles shift online

PHNOM PENH — In September 2015, a Facebook page bearing the name of Prime Minister Hun Sen notched up its millionth “like.”
New charges against opposition leader maintain political stalemate

New charges against opposition leader maintain political stalemate

PHNOM PENH — Cambodia’s beleaguered opposition leader Sam Rainsy faces fresh legal troubles after a court summoned him for questioning on possible charges of being an accomplice to “forgery and incitement.”
Uncertainty looms for Myanmar's Muslims

Uncertainty looms for Myanmar’s Muslims

Despite a historic election promising change, Muslims in Myanmar feel threatened and excluded.
Myanmar’s Elections: What Now?

Myanmar’s Elections: What Now?

With the NLD on the brink of a landslide victory in Myanmar’s elections, attention is turning to what comes next.
Hope and fear in Kachin State as vote draws near

Hope and fear in Kachin State as vote draws near

MYITKYINA, Myanmar — Four years after being driven away by the military, Dagaw Hpung is finally letting himself dream of going home.
Satire, Myanmar-style: Political cartoonists test limits of newfound freedom

Satire, Myanmar-style: Political cartoonists test limits of newfound freedom

YANGON—With a few deft strokes of Beruma’s pen, a jowly likeness appears on the blank page: a caricature of Senior Gen. Than Shwe, Myanmar’s former dictator.
The Future Starts Here

The Future Starts Here

Next month the people of Myanmar head to the polls for a famous general election. With ethnic allegiances, miniature coups and a skewed constitution already in play, the outcome looks anything but predictable
Aung San Suu Kyi courts ethnic vote

Aung San Suu Kyi courts ethnic vote

HSIHSENG, Myanmar — Just before the official campaign period for Myanmar’s Nov. 8 election, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi paid a visit to this township in rural Shan State, where she delivered a speech from the back of a truck beneath a huge red banner and a portrait of her father, the late independence hero General...
Dancing with dictators

Dancing with dictators

Unbowed by prison terms and vicious beatings, human rights lawyer Robert Sann Aung has been battling Myanmar’s much-derided judiciary for more than 30 years
Khmer Rouge's 'first lady,' charged with genocide, dies at 83

Khmer Rouge’s ‘first lady,’ charged with genocide, dies at 83

PHNOM PENH — Ieng Thirith, the highest-ranking woman in the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime, has died in Cambodia after a long illness, according to a United Nations-backed tribunal that is trying former regime leaders in Phnom Penh.
China stirs up ghosts of Khmer Rouge airport project

China stirs up ghosts of Khmer Rouge airport project

KAMPONG CHHNANG — The military airport outside this river town in central Cambodia sprawls out in eerie silence, its vast concrete runway untroubled by any sign of aircraft.