Evan A. Laksmana is currently a political science PhD candidate with Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, where he is also a Fulbright Presidential scholar. His main subfields are International Relations and Comparative Politics and he specializes in the study of military institutions and international security. He is also a researcher with the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta and a non-resident fellow with German Marshall Fund of the United States.
He has conducted research on defense reform, civil-military relations, and regional security, and has also taught defense economics and strategic policy at the Indonesian Defense University, Indonesian Air Force Staff and Command and College, and Parahyangan Catholic University.
As part of his policy work in Jakarta, he has consulted and briefed various domestic and foreign government agencies on Indonesia’s defense and security policy. He participated in the Study Group on Naval Enhancements in the Asia Pacific under the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) and has twice addressed the Pacific Area Special Operations Conference organized by the Special Operations Command, Pacific (SOCPAC).
He was also previously an ASC Fellow with the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu and an analyst with Singapore’s Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies. In 2010, he was awarded a visiting associate fellowship under the MacArthur Asia Security Initiative by the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Afiliated with the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations and Pacific Forum Young Leaders, 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 (supported by a Research Analyst Award), and a MA in Political Science from Syracuse University. He was inducted into Phi Beta Delta (Alpha Sigma Chapter), an honor society for international scholars in 2012.