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Evan Laksmana

Evan A. Laksmana is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Asia and Globalisation at the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. His research has appeared in peer-reviewed outlets including Journal of Contemporary Asia, Asian Security, Asian Politics & Policy, Defence Studies, Defense & Security Analysis, Asia Policy, Contemporary Southeast Asia, and others. He has also written for Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, and The New York Times, among others, and has contributed to RAND, Brookings Institution, Asia Society Policy Institute, International Institute for Strategic Studies, and others. He earned his PhD in political science from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs as a Fulbright Presidential Scholar. 

Articles by Evan Laksmana (3)

  • The domestic politics of Jakarta's South China Sea policy

    Over the past week, there have been renewed calls for Jakarta to take a tougher stance against Beijing following an incident where a Chinese coast guard vessel rammed one of its own fishing boats to pry it free from Indonesian authorities who had seized it for illegal fishing. Several analysts have examined the incident in great detail (see here and here). Indonesian Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Susi Pudjiastuti on board an illegal fishing vessel, 14 March 2016 
  • A way forward for Indonesia-Australia relations

    It is hard to avoid a sense of déjà vu when one looks at Indonesia-Australia relations today. Our fundamental strategic interests mostly converge – from regional and maritime stability to managing China's growing power – even if our policy preferences diverge in various issue areas. And each country realises the importance of the other. But although the Indonesia-Australia relationship looks balanced and sturdy from the outside, it is easily knocked down.