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Evan A. Laksmana on How Western Ways of Warfare Spread to the Indo-Pacific

Evan A. Laksmana, political science doctoral candidate, Maxwell School,  Syracuse University 

The Indo-Pacific region has some of the greatest strategic challenges as well as the highest defense spending in the world. The military potential of the region’s powers depends not only on money but also on how well these nations have adopted modern concepts of warfare and military technology. This talk employs a historical perspective to examine the different ways in which Western warfare has spread to the Indo-Pacific, through a systematic comparison of Meiji Japan, British India, and Cold War Indonesia. He will also discuss the implications for contemporary security issues.

Evan Laksmana is a political science doctoral candidate at Syracuse University, where he was a Fulbright Presidential Scholar (2011-15). He is also a researcher with the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta, Indonesia. He has written for Asian Security, Contemporary Southeast Asia, Harvard Asia Quarterly, Defense Studies, and Foreign Affairs. 

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Sponsored by the East Asia Program at the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs

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