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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.

Where Do Indonesia’s Presidential Candidates Stand on Foreign Policy?
April 11, 2019
Where Do Indonesia’s Presidential Candidates Stand on Foreign Policy?
As the country heads for the polls, the two contenders’ foreign policy outlooks have not really factored all that much beyond a series of tendencies.
Where Do Indonesia’s Presidential Candidates Stand on Foreign Policy?
Irregularities Cloud Thailand’s 2019 Election Results
March 30, 2019
Irregularities Cloud Thailand’s 2019 Election Results
Doubts about the results and the role of the election commission in particular have further intensified distrust about the country’s institutions and muddied the waters.
Irregularities Cloud Thailand’s 2019 Election Results
Can Malaysia’s New Government Deliver on Reform?
March 15, 2019
Can Malaysia’s New Government Deliver on Reform?
Less than a year since it took power, the Pakatan Harapan government is confronting questions about the pace of promised reforms.
Can Malaysia’s New Government Deliver on Reform?
What Did Indonesia’s Second Presidential Debate Reveal?
February 21, 2019
What Did Indonesia’s Second Presidential Debate Reveal?
A look at some of the key issues addressed in the second in a series of debates leading up to Indonesia’s presidential elections.
What Did Indonesia’s Second Presidential Debate Reveal?
An ASEAN Giant Mulls the Region’s Future
January 10, 2019
An ASEAN Giant Mulls the Region’s Future
Indonesia’s former foreign minister Marty Natalegawa’s new book on the regional grouping’s relevance grapples with its manifold challenges.  
An ASEAN Giant Mulls the Region’s Future
Indonesia’s 2019 Election: Food (Prices) for Thought
November 15, 2018
Indonesia’s 2019 Election: Food (Prices) for Thought
The economic debate is heating up as the country approaches its next presidential election.
Indonesia’s 2019 Election: Food (Prices) for Thought
Indonesia’s Deadly Disaster Sparks Political Blame Game
October 12, 2018
Indonesia’s Deadly Disaster Sparks Political Blame Game
The earthquake and tsunami that hit Central Sulawesi and the government’s response has raised concerns about some of the decisions being made.
Indonesia’s Deadly Disaster Sparks Political Blame Game
How Will the Mahathir-Anwar Transition Play Out in Malaysia?
September 29, 2018
How Will the Mahathir-Anwar Transition Play Out in Malaysia?
The future of an unlikely alliance is far from certain.
How Will the Mahathir-Anwar Transition Play Out in Malaysia?
Indonesia’s 2019 Elections: How Will the Religion Factor Play Out?
September 19, 2018
Indonesia’s 2019 Elections: How Will the Religion Factor Play Out?
As polls near, questions remain about the traction candidates are getting from Muslim groups.
Indonesia’s 2019 Elections: How Will the Religion Factor Play Out?
What Does Duterte’s War on Trillanes Mean for the Philippines?
September 13, 2018
What Does Duterte’s War on Trillanes Mean for the Philippines?
A closer look at an incident that has dominated Manila for weeks.
What Does Duterte’s War on Trillanes Mean for the Philippines?
Indonesia’s 2019 Election Heats Up With Vice Presidential Picks
August 15, 2018
Indonesia’s 2019 Election Heats Up With Vice Presidential Picks
The choices provided an extraordinarily dramatic start to what will be a closely watched race.
Indonesia’s 2019 Election Heats Up With Vice Presidential Picks
What Does Duterte’s Signing of the Bangsamoro Law Mean?
August 01, 2018
What Does Duterte’s Signing of the Bangsamoro Law Mean?
A closer look at a notable development.
What Does Duterte’s Signing of the Bangsamoro Law Mean?
Who Will Be Jokowi’s New Vice President in Indonesia’s 2019 Elections?
July 20, 2018
Who Will Be Jokowi’s New Vice President in Indonesia’s 2019 Elections?
A closer look at some of the candidates who could fill the role.
Who Will Be Jokowi’s New Vice President in Indonesia’s 2019 Elections?
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
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