Evan A. Laksmana is a researcher with the Department of International Relations at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). His research broadly focuses on military change and effectiveness, civil-military relations, and international security policy. He specializes in the study of Indonesia’s defense policy and the military’s organizational transformation process. He is also interested in the broader Indo-Pacific security architecture and the evolution of regional defense diplomacy.
He is currently on study-leave as a political science PhD candidate at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, where he is also a Fulbright Presidential Scholar. He has held research and visiting positions with the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Sydney and the German Marshall Fund of the United States, as well as the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies and the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, both located at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has also taught strategic policy and defense economics at the Indonesian Defense University, Air Force Staff and Command College, and Parahyangan Catholic University. He was part of the Study Group on Naval Enhancements in the Asia Pacific under the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP).
His writings have appeared in Harvard Asia Quarterly, Contemporary Southeast Asia, Asian Security, Journal of the Indian Ocean Region, Defence Studies, Political Studies Review, Journal of Strategic Studies, Foreign Policy, Asia Pacific Defence Reporter, The Straits Times, The Jakarta Post, and various media outlets.
He received additional training and executive education in security studies and social science methodology at Syracuse University’s Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (IQMR), University of Michigan’s ICPSR Summer
Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research, Columbia University’s Summer Workshop on the Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy (SWAMOS), and U.S. DoD’s Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu. He holds a MA in Political Science from Syracuse University, a MS in Strategic Studies from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and a BA in political science from Parahyangan Catholic University, Indonesia.
Research Interest : Sub-fields: International Relations and Comparative Politics Disciplinary: theories of military change and effectiveness, comparative civil-military relations, international security, and defense policy Regional concentration: Southeast Asia and the broader Indo-Pacific Country specialization: Indonesian defense and foreign policy
Batongbacal, Jay L., Elliot Brennan, Tetsuo Kotani, Evan A. Laksmana, Joseph Chinyong Liow, Hunter Marston, Rory Medcalf et al. Asia's Quest for Balance: China's Rise and Balancing in the Indo-Pacific. Rowman & Littlefield, 2018.