Evan A. Laksmana is a Nonresident Scholar at Carnegie China, where he examines U.S.-China dynamics in Southeast Asia and the broader Asia-Pacific. Laksmana is a Senior Research Fellow with the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. His research focuses on military change, civil-military relations, and Southeast Asian defense and foreign policies. He is also currently a nonresident scholar with the Lowy Institute for International Policy.

Laksmana was previously a senior researcher at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Indonesia and the Wang Gungwu Visiting Fellow with the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore. He has held visiting and research positions with the National Bureau of Asian Research, the Sydney University Southeast Asia Centre, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, NTU. He has consulted for the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), the UNODC Global Maritime Crime Programme, Transparency International, and other international institutions and government agencies.

His peer-reviewed research has appeared in The Journal of Contemporary Asia, Asian Security, Asia Policy, Asian Politics & Policy, Defense & Security Analysis, Defence Studies, Contemporary Southeast Asia, Journal of the Indian Ocean Region, and other publications. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, and others, and has contributed to the RAND Corporation, Brookings Institution, International Institute for Strategic Studies, Royal United Services Institute, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, and others.

He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs as a Fulbright Presidential Scholar. He received additional training in social science methodology and defense policy analysis from Columbia University (SWAMOS), U.S. Department of Defense (APCSS), the University of Michigan (ICPSR), and Syracuse University (IQMR). He was part of the International Institute for Strategic Studies Shangri-La Dialogue Young Southeast Asian Leaders and a fellow of the International Security Forum–Asia.

Last Updated: November 22, 2022

U.S.-China Dynamics in Southeast Asia

Paul Haenle & Evan A. Laksmana from Carnegie China
Paul Haenle speaks with Evan Laksmana about U.S.-China dynamics in Southeast Asia and Southeast Asian views of U.S. foreign policy in the region. Haenle and Laksmana touch on the role of ASEAN, the Quad, and the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, as...