Evan A. Laksmana
Political Science / Ph.D. Candidate
Disciplinary: military change and effectiveness, comparative
civil-military relations, and international security.
Regional and country
specialization: Indo-Pacific, Southeast Asia, Indonesia
Evan A. Laksmana is currently a Fulbright Presidential
PhD Scholar in political science with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and
Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He is also a researcher with the Centre
for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta and a non-resident fellow
with the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
Prior to coming
to the Maxwell School, he conducted research on defense reform, civil-military
relations, and regional security for numerous government agencies and research
institutes. He also taught defense economics and strategic policy at the
Indonesian Defense University, Indonesian Air Force Staff and Command and
College, and Parahyangan Catholic University. He has held research positions and
fellowships at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies and the Centre for
Non-Traditional Security Studies, both based at the S. Rajaratnam School of
International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He was also
previously an ASC Fellow with the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies in
He holds a BA in Political Science from Parahyangan
Catholic University, Indonesia, where he graduated Cum Laude while serving as
President of the Students’ Study Group for International Affairs. He also holds
a MS in Strategic Studies from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and
a MA in Political Science from Syracuse University.
Peer-reviewed and refereed articles
2012. Evan A.
Laksmana, “Regional Order by Other Means? Assessing the Rise of Defense
Diplomacy in Southeast Asia”, Asian Security Vol. 8, No. 3: pp.
2011. Evan A. Laksmana, “Variations on a Theme: Dimensions of
Ambivalence in Indonesia-China Relations,” Harvard Asia Quarterly Vol.
13, No. 1: pp. 24 – 31.
2011. Evan A. Laksmana, “The Enduring
Strategic Trinity: Explaining Indonesia’s Geopolitical Architecture”,
Journal of the Indian Ocean Region, Vol. 7, No. 1: pp. 95-116.
2011. Evan A. Laksmana, “Indonesia’s Rising Regional and Global Profile: Does
Size Really Matter?” Contemporary Southeast Asia, Vol. 33, No. 2: pp.
2011. Evan A. Laksmana, “Double Jeopardy: Climate
Insecurities and Their Implications for Asian Armed Forces”, Defence
Studies, Vol. 11, No. 2: pp. 271-296.
Neorealism, States, and the Modern Mass Army by Joao Resende-Santos (Cambridge
University Press, 2007), in Journal of Strategic Studies, Vol. 35, No.
3 (2012): pp. 431 – 434
2013. Evan A. Laksmana,
“Rebalancing Indonesia’s Naval Forces,” in Naval Modernization in Southeast
Asia: Nature, Causes and Consequences, ed. Geoffrey Till and Jane Chan
(London: Routledge, 2013)
Essays, commentaries, and op-eds have
appeared in: e-International Relations, The Diplomat, Foreign Policy, World
Politics Review, Asia Pacific Defence Reporter, The Wilson Quarterly, The East
West Center Asia Pacific Bulletin, The Jakarta Post, The Straits Times,
My substantive research interests revolve around the study of military organizations and how they change, their relationship with the state and society, and their place in and effects for international security. Currently, I am engaged in specific research projects pertaining to military innovation and effectiveness, comparative civil-military relations, and the global diffusion of military practices.