Policy scholarship and published working papers
2011. Evan A. Laksmana, “Stirring from Beyond the Borders? American Military Assistance and Defense Reform in Indonesia,” Asia Centre Southeast Asia Observatory Study. (*Reviewed and recommended by Australia Strategic Policy Institute’s The Strategist)
2010. Evan A. Laksmana, “Dari Reformasi Militer Menuju Transformasi Pertahanan: Tantangan dan Prospek ke Depan“, [From Military Reform to Defense Transformation: Prospects and Challenges Ahead], Indonesian Review, Vol. 1: pp. 1 – 12
2009. Evan A. Laksmana, “Molding a Strategic and Professional Indonesian Military: Policy Options for the Next Administration”, The Indonesian Quarterly, Vol. 37, No. 3 (August): pp. 352-363
2009. Evan A. Laksmana “The Preponderance of Geography: Revisiting American Grand Strategy in Asia,” Working Paper No. 1 (Bangkok: American Studies Program, Institute of Security and International Studies, Chulalongkorn University)
2008. Evan A. Laksmana, “Spoilers, Partners, and Pawns: Military Organizational Behaviour and Civil-Military Relations in Indonesia,” RSIS Working Paper No. 161 (Singapore: S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies)
Published policy reports
2010. Evan A. Laksmana and Rizal Sukma, “The Quest for the “Middle Way”: Indonesian Perspectives on Current Developments in Myanmar,” in Current Realities and Future Possibilities in Burma/Myanmar: Perspectives from Asia, Task Force on U.S. Policy toward Burma/ Myanmar (New York: The Asia Society)
2010. Evan A. Laksmana and Hadi Soesastro, “Indonesia” in Does Fairness Matter?, ed. Hakan Altinay, Global Economy and Development Working Paper, No. 40 (Washington: Brookings Institution), pp. 17-19
2008. Evan A. Laksmana and Leonard C. Sebastian (editors), The Future of Indonesia beyond 2014, RSIS Conference Report (Singapore: S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies)
Essays, Commentaries, and Public Interest Articles
- Indonesia’s modernizing military, Foreign Affairs, September 3, 2015
- A way forward for Indonesia-Australia relations, Lowy Institute’s The Interpreter, May 28, 2105
Indonesia’s new president can deepen cooperation with United States and Europe, German Marshall Fund’s Transatlantic Take, August 15, 2014.
- The Hidden Challenges of Indonesia’s Defence Modernization, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) Newsbrief, Vol. 34, No. 3 (May 2014): pp. 17-19
- Why there is no new ‘maritime dispute’ between Indonesia and China, The Strategist: Australia Strategic Policy Institute Blog, April 4, 2014.
- L’avenir du paysage stratégique sud-est asiatique, [The Future of Southeast Asia’s Strategic Landscape], Les Grands Dossiers de Diplomatie No. 9 (June-July 2012): pp. 86 – 87
- Indonesia’s Troubles,” The Wilson Quarterly, Vol. 35, No. 2 (2011): p. 11
- Jakarta Eyes the South China Sea,”The Diplomat, 23 February 2011
- Thinking beyond Kopassus: Why U.S. Security Assistance to Indonesia Needs Recalibrating, East-West Center Asia Pacific Bulletin, 17 September 2010
- The Indonesian Defence Forces: Strategic Changes and Implications. RSIS Commentary, 29 August. Reprinted in The Jakarta Post, 1 September 2010
- Resurrecting the National Corvette Program?, Asia Pacific Defence Reporter, Vol. 36, No. 4 (May 2010): pp. 26-28.
- U.S., Indonesia must avoid false promises and pitfalls. World Politics Review, 26 March 2010
- The curious case of Indonesia’s “democracy”, Foreign Policy, 6 December 2009 (“The Dispatch” and “Argument” sections)
- Post-Suharto Indonesia: Can a Military Coup Happen?” RSIS Commentary 120, 19 November 2008
Selected Newspaper Op-eds
Indonesia’s defense policy and security affairs
Time to move on from military reform, (part 2 of 2), The Jakarta Post, September 16, 2014
From military reform to defense transformation, (part 1 of 2), The Jakarta Post, September 15, 2014
Beyond defense modernization, The Jakarta Post, June 11, 2014
The ‘strategic trinity’ of national defense, The Jakarta Post, February 2, 2012.
- Re-engagement with Kopassus, The Jakarta Post, July 28, 2010
- Reinterpreting the Total Defense System. The Jakarta Post, May 19, 2010.
- Defense and leaders transformation.The Jakarta Post, May 12, 2010.
- Military postings are now less political. The Straits Times, February 1, 2010.
- The missing nuts and bolts of defense reforms.” The Jakarta Post, January 27, 2010
- RI’s changing geo-strategic currents. The Jakarta Post, January 9, 2010
- Defense reforms for 2010-14: Men over materiel?. The Jakarta Post, January 3, 2010
- Indonesia’s defence outlook: Rocky road to renewal.”Today Newspaper, December 5, 2009
- Democratization and the ‘remilitarization’ of the TNI. The Jakarta Post, October 20, 2009
- Gearing for ‘three-block war’. The Jakarta Post, October 9, 2009
- Terrorism and RI’s military effectiveness. The Jakarta Post, September 7, 2009
- Will the State Secrecy Bill suffocate the military?” The Jakarta Post, August 27, 2009
- Politicizing military history: A monumental mistake. The Jakarta Post, March 12, 2009
- Reform recruitment policy to aid RI’s military budget, The Jakarta Post, December 9, 2008
- Indonesian Military returns to politics? The Jakarta Post, August 12, 2008
- Reforming Indonesia’s Military: Going beyond Cash, Guns, and Ballots,” The Straits Times, May 9, 2008. Reprinted in The Jakarta Post, May 12, 2008
Southeast Asian and Indo-Pacific security affairs
Sketching out a future ASEAN-NATO partnership,” The Jakarta Post, July 26, 20111
Climate change can strain region’s security, The Straits Times, December 16, 2010
Is China failing SE Asia’s test?, The Jakarta Post, June 7, 2010
Asia’s ‘Holy Grail’ of regional architecture.” The Jakarta Post, March 31, 2010. Reprinted in China Post (5 April 2010) and The Brunei Times (3 April 2010)
These essays and others are available at his blog Cardinal Assessments.