Peer-reviewed (refereed)

Short essays and commentaries


2014. “Rebalancing Indonesia’s Naval Force: Trends, Natures, and Drivers,” in Naval Modernization in Southeast Asia: Nature, Causes and Consequences, ed. Geoffrey Till and Jane Chan. London: Routledge, pp. 175-203


Is Indonesia getting ready to become a regional naval power to balance India, China, and Australia? Why is the navy acquiring state-of-the-art complex platforms; some of which are considered offensive in nature, mightily expensive, and are unsuitable for its day-to-day operations? How do we make sense of the navy's overall force development plans and projections? This chapter seeks to address these questions and explain why and how the Indonesian Navy has been modernizing in recent years the way it has.

"Are military assistance programs important for US–Indonesia ties?", East Asia Forum, Apr 18, 2018

"Is an Indonesian Air Defense Identification Zone forthcoming?", Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, April 10, 2018

Policy research and working papers

2014. Evan A. Laksmana, “Indonesia’s strategic thinking: breaking out of its shell?“, in Regional Security Outlook 2015, ed. Ron Huisken (Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific), pp. 35 -38

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)

2011. Evan A. Laksmana, “The Indonesian Military and Disaster Relief: Potential Pitfall and Challenges,” in Issues in Human Security in Asia, ed. Yang Razali Kassim Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies and RSIS, pp.25-27 (Available here)

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

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)