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Erin Cook

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.

Posts by Erin Cook
February 19, 2020

What’s Behind Indonesia’s Refusal to Repatriate Suspected Islamic State Militants?

By Erin Cook
The decision is part of a nuanced issue that has broader implications for the country and the region.

January 31, 2020

New Test for Singapore’s Fake News Law

By Erin Cook
A Malaysian NGO is challenging Singapore's claim to enforce its definition of “fake news” abroad.
January 24, 2020

Indonesia in 2020: A Year of Change or Stagnation Under Jokowi?

By Erin Cook
2020 could be a key year in assessing whether reform takes off or if the country continues to be mired in stagnation on key issues.

January 10, 2020

A Gloomy Outlook for Thailand in 2020

By Erin Cook
The outlook for the year looks quite dim for the country due to a string of external and internal developments.

December 05, 2019

Why a War on Extremism in Indonesia May Create More Problems Than It Solves

By Erin Cook
While the challenge is real, the approach adopted by the Jokowi administration thus far suffers from serious limitations and challenges.

November 21, 2019

Is Duterte Waging a War on Women Opposition in the Philippines?

By Erin Cook
The president’s treatment of women who are opposed to him has highlighted the broader issues of sexism and misogyny surrounding him.
November 05, 2019

Drug Czar Post Offer the Latest Test for Duterte-Robredo Ties in the Philippines

By Erin Cook
The long-brewing war between the president and the vice-president continues to play out within Philippine politics.

October 24, 2019

What Does Jokowi’s New Cabinet Mean for Indonesia?

By Erin Cook
The lineup offers some early insights on how his second term may shape up.

September 20, 2019

Is Indonesia Losing Its War on Corruption Under Jokowi?

By Erin Cook
Recent developments have heightened concerns about the progress on anti-corruption in the country.

September 05, 2019

Duterte’s Fifth China Visit: Heavy on Promise, Light on Results

By Erin Cook
Duterte’s latest trip to China did little to ease concerns about his approach to Beijing.

August 23, 2019

What Lies Ahead for Singapore’s Succession Dynamics?

By Erin Cook
This year’s iteration of the prime minister’s National Day Rally speech was scrutinized for a sense of the country’s political future.
August 16, 2019

Will Duterte Help Win the Battle for Gay Rights in the Philippines?

By Erin Cook
The president’s incendiary rhetoric conceals more complex policy realities in the country under his tenure.

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