Erin Cook is a journalist covering Southeast Asia politics and curates the weekly Dari Mulut ke Mulut newsletter.
Indonesia: the buck stops with Sri Mulyani
Indonesia’s finance minister has built a brand for cracking down on corruption. Could she campaign all the way to the top?
Sun, surf and a sandbox escape from a pandemic
Thailand’s holiday island Phuket is trialling vaccine tourism in a bid to recover from the Covid-19 wave.
Indonesian cleric re-enters the fray
Amid a changed political landscape – and a pandemic – Rizieq Shihab’s return from Saudi Arabia raises much speculation.
The politics of racism as the Philippines struggles with coronavirus
Rodrigo Duterte and his backers appears to be exploiting the public health crisis to wedge opponents at home.
Jakarta is flooding and its governor is sinking
Despite promising new policies, the city’s new leader faces the same problems as the last, and few options.
Deep fakes could have real consequences for Southeast Asia
In a fractuous political climate, video manipulation threatens to play havoc with democracy.
In dull midterm elections, Manila is a thriller
Another former actor-turned-politician has stolen the show and injected the spark of change into Philippines politics.
Jokowi’s cute political ploy has become a campaign sensation
A clearly enamoured new grandfather, the Indonesian President also rebranded himself alongside a happy toddler.
Broad strokes: Indonesian art and 20 years of Reformasi
Yogyakarta-based artist Eko Nugroho fears self-censorship is again growing in Indonesia’s otherwise flourishing art scene.