Essays and Commentaries

Indonesian foreign policy

"Promises and pitfalls of Indonesia's faith in multilateralism", The Jakarta Post, February 1, 2018

"An Indo-Pacific construct with 'Indonesian characteristics'," The Strategist, February 6, 2018

"Indonesia-US relations: sweating the small stuff", The Interpreter, January 9, 2018

"Indonesia: strategic threat or strategic partner?", The Strategist, January 17, 2018

"Why Indonesia’s new map is not (all) about the South China Sea", The Strategist, August 1, 2017

"Foreign policy implications of Jakarta's election", The Jakarta Post, June 7, 2017

"The (maritime) recalibration of Indonesia-Australia defence relations", The Strategist, March 23, 2017

"Indonesian Sea Policy: Accelerating Jokowi's Global Maritime Fulcrum?," Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, March 23, 2017

"Should Indonesia and Australia jointly patrol the South China Sea?," The Jakarta Post, March 13, 2017

"In Indo-Pacific strategic flux, where is Indonesia?," The Jakarta Post, February 27, 2017

"Indonesia-Australia relations and the perils of success" The Jakarta Post, January 30, 2017

"Will a trump presidency be disastrous for Indonesia?," The Jakarta Post, November 14, 2016

"How do we know a successful foreign policy when we see one?," The Jakarta Post, October 25, 2016

"How do we engage a hegemonic China?," The Jakarta Post, October 12, 2016

"Can there be ASEAN centrality without unity?," The Jakarta Post, September 6, 2016

"Is Indonesia militarising the South China Sea?, The Jakarta Post, July 11, 2016

"A post-non-claimant South China Sea policy," The Jakarta Post, June 20, 2016

"Here's why Jakarta doesn't push back when China barges into Indonesian waters," Washington Post's Monkey Cage, April 28, 2016

"Jakarta left all at sea by island clash with China," New Mandala, April 5, 2016

"The domestic politics of Jakarta's South China Sea policy," The Interpreter, April 1, 2016

"Strategi politik luar negeri menghadapi NIIS," Kompas, January 20, 2016

"Perubahan arus lingkungan strategis Indonesia," Kompas, December 9, 2015

"A way forward for Indonesia-Australia relations," The Interpreter, May 28, 2105

"Indonesia’s new president can deepen cooperation with United States and Europe," GMF Transatlantic Take, August 15, 2014.

"Why there is no new ‘maritime dispute’ between Indonesia and China," The Strategist, April 4, 2014

"Jakarta Eyes the South China Sea,” The Diplomat, 23 February 2011

"Indonesia’s quest for a ‘middle way’ for Myanmar", Today Newspaper, Apr 29, 2010

"U.S., Indonesia must avoid false promises and pitfalls", World Politics Review, 26 March 2010

"Challenges for Indonesia’s foreign policy in transition", Today Newspaper, Feb 27, 2010

"The 'Yudhoyono paradox'", Today Newspaper, Jan 30, 2010

"RI’s changing geo-strategic currents", The Jakarta Post, January 9, 2010

"Indonesia’s pivotal role in the US’s grand strategy", The Jakarta Post, Oct 6, 2009

"Defence pact: Getting the message across", The Straits Times, Jul 20, 2007

Indonesian national security

"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

"Why do retired officers run for local office?", The Jakarta Post, Mar 15, 2018

"What can we expect from Indonesia's new defence chief?", The Strategist, Dec 13, 2017

"Can Hadi Tjahjanto juggle competing forces?", The Jakarta Post, Dec 14, 2017

"Unpacking Indonesia's civil–military relations under Jokowi", The Strategist, Oct 31, 2017

"Strategi diplomasi pertahanan maritim", Kompas, October 20, 2016

"Pola Mutasi Perwira TNI", Kompas, August 6, 2016

"TNI dan Penanggulangan Terorisme", Kompas, March 19, 2016

"Paradoks pada Industri Pertahanan", Kompas, February 17, 2016

"Perubahan arus lingkungan strategis Indonesia", Kompas, December 9, 2015

"Indonesia's modernizing military", Foreign Affairs, September 3, 2015

"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 Hidden Challenges of Indonesia’s Defence Modernisation", RUSI Newsbrief, May 1, 2014

"Academic freedom and defense policy", The Jakarta Post, July 23 2012

"The 'strategic trinity' of national defense", The Jakarta Post, Feb 2, 2012

"Thinking beyond Kopassus: Why US Security Assistance to Indonesia Needs Recalibrating", Asia Pacific Bulletin, Sep 17, 2010

"Resurrecting the National Corvette program?", Asia Pacific Defence Reporter, Vol. 36, No. 4 (2010): pp. 26--28

"The Indonesian Defence Forces and Disaster Relief: Potential Pitfalls and Challenges", RSIS Commentary, Nov 29, 2010

"Re-engagement with Kopassus", The Jakarta Post, July 28, 2010

"To vote or not to vote, that is not the question", Today Newspaper, Jun 28, 2010

"The rise of Indonesia’s ‘accidental guerillas’?", Today Newspaper, May 26, 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, Feb 1, 2010

"The missing nuts and bolts of defense reform", The Jakarta Post, Jan 27, 2010

"Defense reforms for 2010-14: Men over materiel?", The Jakarta Post, Jan 3, 2010

"Indonesia’s defence outlook: Rocky road to renewal", Today Newspaper, Dec 5, 2009

"Climate change is also defense and security problem", The Jakarta Post, Nov 2, 2009

"Democracy and the 'remilitarization' of the TNI", The Jakarta Post, Oct 20, 2009

"Gearing up for "three-block war", The Jakarta Post, Oct 9, 2009

"Terrorism and RI's military effectiveness", The Jakarta Post , Sep 7, 2009

"Will the state secrecy bill suffocate the TNI?", The Jakarta Post, Aug 27, 2009

"Politicizing military history: A monumental mistake", The Jakarta Post, Mar 12, 2009

"Seeking a strategic, professional military institution", The Jakarta Post, Oct 14, 2008

"Reform recruitment policy to aid RI's military budget", The Jakarta Post, Dec 9, 2008

"Post-Suharto Indonesia: can a miltary coup happen?", RSIS Commentary, Nov 9, 2008

"Indonesian military returns to politics?", The Jakarta Post, Aug 12, 2008

"Going beyond cash, guns and ballots", The Straits Times, May 9, 2008

"JI's New Military Division: A Preliminary Assessment", RSIS Commentary, Apr 27, 2007

"Is Poso all about JI? The roots of the Conflict", RSIS Commentary, Mar 23, 2007

Asian security

"The odd man in: contemplating Australian membership of ASEAN", The Strategist, April 4, 2018

"Why ASEAN needs to decentralize regionalism", The Jakarta Post, October 13, 2017

"Time to consider refinancing options for the ASEAN secretariat", The Strategist, November 10, 2017

"Timor-Leste, Australia, and Asia's contested maritime order", The Jakarta Post, September 22, 2017

"Boost ASEAN's own security web", The Jakarta Post, August 8, 2017

"ASEAN and the mud on the US–China strategic lens," The Strategist, May 9, 2017

"Should Washington rearm Southeast Asia against China?", The Jakarta Post, Feb 8, 2017

"A growing strategic impasse in the Indo-Pacific?," IISS Shangri-La Voices, July 8, 2016

"How Washington can restore strategic reassurance in Asia," The Jakarta Post, December 6, 2016

"Can there be ASEAN centrality without unity?," The Jakarta Post, September 6, 2016

"Why international law cannot rule over the South China Sea," The Jakarta Post, July 25, 2016

"Bracing for the `game of thrones' in Asia's future", The Jakarta Post, Nov 19, 2011

"Sketching out a future ASEAN-NATO partnership,” The Jakarta Post, July 26, 2011

"Climate change can strain region's security", The Straits Times, December 16, 2010

"Is China failing SE Asia's litmus test?," The Jakarta Post,  June 7, 2010

"Asia's 'Holy Grail' of regional architecture”, The Jakarta Post, March 31, 2010

"RI's changing geo-strategic currents", The Jakarta Post, Jan 9, 2010