Evan A Laksmana
Evan A. Laksmana was a Nonresident Fellow at the Lowy Institute. He is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre on Asia and Globalisation of the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. He was previously Senior Researcher at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Indonesia. He has held research and visiting positions with the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, the National Bureau of Asian Research, Sydney University, the Lowy Institute, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies.
His peer-reviewed research has appeared in 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, New York Times, among others, and has contributed to RAND, Brookings Institution, International Institute for Strategic Studies, and others. He has consulted for various international research and government agencies including PRIO, UNODC, 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.
It would be a mistake to assume enhanced defence cooperation means the two countries share a strategic outlook.
Resolving some of the South China Sea’s longest running issues needs a policy toolkit that is customised and diverse.
The Australian debate over the Lobrum naval base almost entirely ignores Indonesia.
The strategic big picture was missing when US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis visited Jakarta.