Evan A. Laksmana

Political Science / Ph.D. Candidate

Evan Laksmana

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Comparative Politics, International Relations


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 Honolulu.

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. 251–270

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. 157-182.

2011. Evan A. Laksmana, “Double Jeopardy: Climate Insecurities and Their Implications for Asian Armed Forces”, Defence Studies, Vol. 11, No. 2: pp. 271-296.

Book Review
Review of 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

Book Chapter
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, among others.

Research Projects

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.