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 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?
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'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.
The Final Return of King Sihanouk

The Final Return of King Sihanouk

Cambodia’s singular, eccentric leader comes home to rest.
How The Optimism About Burma is Subverted By Its Never-Ending Civil War

How The Optimism About Burma is Subverted By Its Never-Ending Civil War

Continuing ethnic conflict in Kachin State is a stark reminder of the limits to President Thein Sein’s much-heralded reforms.
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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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
Dirty Old Town

Dirty Old Town

In eastern Myanmar, just a stone’s throw from the Chinese border, lies a den of drug smuggling, gambling, and vice.
Myanmar's Constitutional Uncertainty

Myanmar’s Constitutional Uncertainty

A massive campaign for constitutional reform has ended, with uncertain results.
Cambodia Is Perfectly Positioned to Become a Solar Powerhouse

Cambodia Is Perfectly Positioned to Become a Solar Powerhouse

Phnom Penh’s first solar-powered building looks for all the world like a cube of colored Lego blocks dropped in a factory lot on the city’s industrial outskirts.
Phnom Penh Is Arresting the Poor and Sending Them to Abusive “Vocational Centers”

Phnom Penh Is Arresting the Poor and Sending Them to Abusive “Vocational Centers”

In 2012, the authorities in Cambodia’s capital hung up large banners proclaiming it “The Charming City.”
A Constitutional Conundrum

A Constitutional Conundrum

In recent years, Myanmar has shaken off its hermetic status and been embraced by the international community, but the country’s constitution remains a significant obstacle to moving beyond its militaristic past
Its Electricity Dwindling, Cambodia is Getting Very Dark and Very, Very Hot

Its Electricity Dwindling, Cambodia is Getting Very Dark and Very, Very Hot

PHNOM PENH—If floods are the scourge of the Cambodian wet season, power-cuts are the scourge of the dry, which sears its way through February, March, and April, often pushing the mercury to over 100 degrees.
Phnom Penh’s Wildly Opulent Gated Communities are Fracturing the City

Phnom Penh’s Wildly Opulent Gated Communities are Fracturing the City

PHNOM PENH — Cambodia’s suburban future announces itself with a grand archway, a replica of Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, topped with a clutch of rearing bronze stallions.
Cambodian deadlock at crucial juncture

Cambodian deadlock at crucial juncture

PHNOM PENH – After a six-week political impasse, Cambodia’s National Election Committee (NEC) has officially declared incumbent Prime Minister Hun Sen the winner of disputed national elections held on July 28.