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.
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.
The End of the Myanmar Fairytale?

The End of the Myanmar Fairytale?

With racial tensions soaring, doubts over the future of Aung San Suu Kyi and a challenging business environment, is the West’s love-in with the former pariah state finally over?
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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Death of ruling party veteran boosts authority of Hun Sen

Death of ruling party veteran boosts authority of Hun Sen

PHNOM PENH — The recent death of Chea Sim, a key figure in Cambodia’s politics since the fall of the communist Khmer Rouge regime in 1979, has put a spotlight on the future of Prime Minister Hun Sen, his long-time ally and one of the world’s longest serving national leaders.
Myanmar's hard-line monk looms as key political player

Myanmar’s hard-line monk looms as key political player

MANDALAY — Myanmar’s most notorious monk is clearly enjoying the attention. In the hall where Ashin Wirathu presides, an entire wall is given over to newspaper clippings and large photographs of himself in various poses.
A One-Man Dynasty

A One-Man Dynasty

Thirty years ago, Hun Sen was appointed prime minister of Cambodia. By remaining at the helm of the country’s turbulent politics until the present, Hun Sen now sits alongside the world’s longest-serving political leaders.
The heavy hand of religious police in Aceh

The heavy hand of religious police in Aceh

Since 2001, far-flung Indonesian province has enforced its version of Islamic law, using floggings to punish offenders.
A Decade After Tsunami, Scars Linger in Indonesia's Aceh

A Decade After Tsunami, Scars Linger in Indonesia’s Aceh

Much has been rebuilt, but hidden wounds may take far longer to heal
Cambodia’s recent history shows the need for a Plan B in Myanmar

Cambodia’s recent history shows the need for a Plan B in Myanmar

It hasn’t been a good year for Myanmar’s reforms.
Rich Chinese are literally eating this exotic mammal into extinction

Rich Chinese are literally eating this exotic mammal into extinction

GlobalPost visits a border outpost where the world’s most trafficked mammal is on the menu.
Cambodia at the Crossroads

Cambodia at the Crossroads

After many months of protests and rounds of negotiations, the Kingdom’s two main parties have struck a deal. But in a country with a youthful population and old-school leaders, it remains to be seen whether politicians can meet rising expectations
Myanmar struggles to kick a deadly addiction

Myanmar struggles to kick a deadly addiction

The world’s fourth most common psychoactive habit delivers a potent buzz and lots of red saliva.
Talk is suddenly cheap in Myanmar – and that could be costly

Talk is suddenly cheap in Myanmar – and that could be costly

Inexpensive calls and data are coming to Myanmar after years of junta-era restrictions. But some worry that the new Internet and phone access could fuel strife between Muslims and Buddhists.
In Myanmar, ​Aung San Suu Kyi's party ​is ​at ​a crossroads

In Myanmar, ​Aung San Suu Kyi’s party ​is ​at ​a crossroads

The opposition party is pushing for constitutional reforms that would allow its leader to run for president. If it fails, the party lacks new talent.
Yangon caught between city's past and future

Yangon caught between city’s past and future

With sensitive planning, Myanmar’s old capital could be stunningly transformed