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Erin Cook

Erin Cook is a Jakarta-based journalist covering Southeast Asian affairs. She has previously worked for several regional publications including the Jakarta Globe.

Another Violent Spike in Duterte’s Drug War
July 13, 2018
Another Violent Spike in Duterte’s Drug War
Recent weeks have seen another rise in violence that has placed greater scrutiny on the Philippine president and his methods.
Another Violent Spike in Duterte’s Drug War
Indonesia’s Regional Elections: The Tale of 2 South Sulawesi Races
July 06, 2018
Indonesia’s Regional Elections: The Tale of 2 South Sulawesi Races
A brief look at two compelling contests.
Indonesia’s Regional Elections: The Tale of 2 South Sulawesi Races
Indonesia’s Regional Elections: A Look at West Java and North Sumatra
June 29, 2018
Indonesia’s Regional Elections: A Look at West Java and North Sumatra
An early assessment of what recent outcomes might mean.
Indonesia’s Regional Elections: A Look at West Java and North Sumatra
Why Indonesia's West Java Election Matters
June 27, 2018
Why Indonesia's West Java Election Matters
The poll is being viewed as an early test of how Jokowi might fare in the general election next year.
Why Indonesia's West Java Election Matters
Malaysia and Australia: New Focus on an Old Scandal
June 21, 2018
Malaysia and Australia: New Focus on an Old Scandal
Ties between the two countries are facing an early test.
Malaysia and Australia: New Focus on an Old Scandal
Do Indonesia’s Surabaya Attacks Signal a Rising Terrorism Threat?
May 19, 2018
Do Indonesia’s Surabaya Attacks Signal a Rising Terrorism Threat?
A closer look at the significance of recent developments in the Southeast Asian state.
Do Indonesia’s Surabaya Attacks Signal a Rising Terrorism Threat?
Indonesia's Hizbut Tahrir Debate Rages on Amid Election Fever
May 12, 2018
Indonesia's Hizbut Tahrir Debate Rages on Amid Election Fever
Despite a recent decision, the debate about the group shows few signs of ending anytime soon.
Indonesia's Hizbut Tahrir Debate Rages on Amid Election Fever
Indonesia Election Race Heats Up with Social Media War
May 04, 2018
Indonesia Election Race Heats Up with Social Media War
A viral hashtag could represent an early indicator of what to expect as Indonesia heads to the polls next year.
Indonesia Election Race Heats Up with Social Media War
Is Time Running Out for Thailand’s Elusive Election?
April 20, 2018
Is Time Running Out for Thailand’s Elusive Election?
Impatience is growing after multiple delays.
Is Time Running Out for Thailand’s Elusive Election?
Why Japan Is Wrong on Rights in Cambodia
April 12, 2018
Why Japan Is Wrong on Rights in Cambodia
Tokyo’s downplaying of rights issues is plain for all to see, and the effectiveness of the approach remains unclear.
Why Japan Is Wrong on Rights in Cambodia
Why the Philippines’ Vice-Presidential Election Recount Matters
April 06, 2018
Why the Philippines’ Vice-Presidential Election Recount Matters
The recount puts the spotlight on the country’s political history and could have significance for its future trajectory.
Why the Philippines’ Vice-Presidential Election Recount Matters
When Will the Philippines Legalize Divorce?
March 29, 2018
When Will the Philippines Legalize Divorce?
Though challenges remain, there are signs that the country is slowly moving toward changing its stance.
When Will the Philippines Legalize Divorce?
The 'Foreign Interference' Blame Game in Malaysia’s Upcoming Election
March 23, 2018
The 'Foreign Interference' Blame Game in Malaysia’s Upcoming Election
Accusations are being leveled by both sides as the campaign rhetoric heats up.
The 'Foreign Interference' Blame Game in Malaysia’s Upcoming Election
ASEAN’s Women to Watch: Part 2
March 15, 2018
ASEAN’s Women to Watch: Part 2
The second part of a mini-series looking at the region’s leading women.
ASEAN’s Women to Watch: Part 2
ASEAN’s Women to Watch: Part I
March 10, 2018
ASEAN’s Women to Watch: Part I
International Women’s Day is an opportunity to highlight some of the region’s most prominent women – some more recognizable than others – who are making themselves heard.
ASEAN’s Women to Watch: Part I
The Trouble With Indonesia’s Controversial MD3 Law
March 02, 2018
The Trouble With Indonesia’s Controversial MD3 Law
The law raises serious questions about the country’s future ahead of elections.
The Trouble With Indonesia’s Controversial MD3 Law
ASEAN Must Confront its Domestic Workers Abuse Problem
February 22, 2018
ASEAN Must Confront its Domestic Workers Abuse Problem
New cases have once again pointed to an old challenge that needs to be urgently tackled.
ASEAN Must Confront its Domestic Workers Abuse Problem
Why the Laos Wage Hike Debate Matters
February 16, 2018
Why the Laos Wage Hike Debate Matters
A closer look at an important issue for one of the region's poorest countries.
Why the Laos Wage Hike Debate Matters
What Does Indonesia’s Own Indo-Pacific Strategy Look Like?
February 08, 2018
What Does Indonesia’s Own Indo-Pacific Strategy Look Like?
The Southeast Asian state has advanced a version of the concept before, with some important differences.
What Does Indonesia’s Own Indo-Pacific Strategy Look Like?
The Neverending Story of Thailand’s Elusive Election
February 01, 2018
The Neverending Story of Thailand’s Elusive Election
Polls are once again set to be postponed, delaying the country’s return to civilian, democratic rule.
The Neverending Story of Thailand’s Elusive Election
What Does Indonesia’s New Cabinet Reshuffle Mean for Jokowi’s Future?
January 27, 2018
What Does Indonesia’s New Cabinet Reshuffle Mean for Jokowi’s Future?
The move comes as the county looks to upcoming elections.
What Does Indonesia’s New Cabinet Reshuffle Mean for Jokowi’s Future?
What’s Behind the Demise of Vietnam’s 'Captain Sidewalk'?
January 19, 2018
What’s Behind the Demise of Vietnam’s 'Captain Sidewalk'?
A closer look at a telling development and what it means for the Southeast Asian state.
What’s Behind the Demise of Vietnam’s 'Captain Sidewalk'?
Beware Indonesia’s Quiet Drug War
January 12, 2018
Beware Indonesia’s Quiet Drug War
Despite complications and concerns, the Jokowi government’s campaign has continued.
Beware Indonesia’s Quiet Drug War
With its Environmental Crisis, Is Laos Missing the Forest for the Trees?
January 06, 2018
With its Environmental Crisis, Is Laos Missing the Forest for the Trees?
The overall challenge remains vast despite piecemeal efforts to address it.
With its Environmental Crisis, Is Laos Missing the Forest for the Trees?
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