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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
May 20, 2020

An Idul Fitri Unlike Any Other in COVID-19 Challenged Indonesia

By Erin Cook
The mudik ban will keep many Indonesian Muslims from traveling for a holiday usually celebrated back home.

April 28, 2020

Rohingyas in Malaysia Face a Pandemic and a Possible Populist Backlash

By Erin Cook
Rohingya refugees in Malaysia face a double-pronged disaster: a pandemic and a populist turn against the vulnerable community.
April 14, 2020

Thailand Confronts its Triple Disaster in 2020

By Erin Cook
The confluence of COVID, droughts, and raging forest fires have combined to produce a perfect storm of challenges for the government.

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.

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