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Emirza Adi Syailendra is a Associate Research Fellow at the Indonesia Programme of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. His research covers the issues of the nexus of domestic politics and foreign policy (focusing on Indonesia and China), civil – military relations in Indonesia, strategic culture of the Indonesian military, and democracy and current affairs in Indonesia. Recent and forthcoming refereed publications include articles in Asian Security and INDONESIA (Cornell University’s Southeast Asia Program). His public affairs commentaries have appeared in many international outlets including Foreign Affairs, China People’s Daily, the Diplomat, Inside Indonesia, and the RSIS Commentary series. He obtained his Master Degree in Strategic Studies from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, NTU in 2014. He was studying fulltime under the Research Analyst Award from RSIS, while working as a programme associate for two years (2012-2014).
He is currently working on various projects related to Indonesia’s strategic culture with the aim of examining the impact of the memory of the early formation of Indonesia as a state with regards to force and diplomacy in the post-Suharto era. This research project aims to study Indonesia’s approach to maintaining its sovereignty and national security. It is interested primarily in understanding Indonesia’s national style or variance of strategy in managing its forces to prepare for conflict and to anticipate future threats. That being said, this project seeks to explain how policymakers in Indonesia appreciate the security environment, and prescribe the most effective policy remedies to specific threats. This project also places great interest in capturing the diversity of views among different security agencies in Indonesia, particularly the Indonesian army, navy, air force, and police. It also aims to capture the interplay of inter-service cooperation and competition in post-Reformasi Indonesia.
Areas of Expertise
- Indonesia’s Foreign Policy
- Indonesia’s Defence Policy
- Indonesia’s Politics
- Southeast Asia and ASEAN
- International Relations in East Asia
WP269 | Old Society, New Youths: An Overview of Youth and Popular Participation in Post-Reformasi Indonesia
05 March, 2014
Regional Order: Indonesia’s Shifting Redlines?
17 December, 2021
CO18129 | Indonesian Presidential Election 2019 - The Coming Divisive Contest: Jokowi vs. Prabowo
01 August, 2018
CO18087 | Shifting Sands: POLRI-TNI Ties in Counterterrorism
25 May, 2018
CO17168 | China in Indonesia’s Foreign Policy: Maintaining a Nonbalancing Posture
14 September, 2017
CO17105 | 2017 Jakarta’s Election and Participatory Politics - What’s Gone Wrong with Indonesia’s Democracy?
26 May, 2017
CO17086 | 2017 Jakarta’s Election and Indonesia’s Democracy - Ascent of a Javanese King: President Jokowi’s Leadership Style
05 May, 2017
CO17073 | 2017 Jakarta Election and Indonesia’s Democracy - Jakarta’s Contentious Election: What Anies Baswedan’s Victory Means
20 April, 2017
CO16212 | Two Years Under Jokowi - Jokowi: King or Puppet?
19 August, 2016
CO16209 | Two Years Under Jokowi - President’s Special Relationship with Luhut Panjaitan
18 August, 2016
CO16208 | Two Years Under Jokowi - Jokowi’s Power Consolidation: At What Cost?
17 August, 2016
CO16003 | Jokowi and Najib: Can They Bring Indonesia and Malaysia Closer?
13 January, 2016
CO15269 | Indonesia’s High Speed Rail: A China-Japan Scramble for Influence?
09 December, 2015
CO15110 | Papua Region under Jokowi: New President, New Strategies
07 May, 2015
CO15005 | Consensual Leadership in ASEAN: Will It Endure Under Jokowi?
07 January, 2015
CO14207 | Jokowi’s “Look West” Foreign Policy: Expanding Indonesia’s Sphere of Influence?
21 October, 2014
CO14113 | Indonesia’s Post-Election Foreign Policy: New Directions?
13 June, 2014
CO13019 | Indonesia's Foreign Policy Outlook: Challenges of 2013 and Beyond
04 February, 2013
CO12199 | Indonesia's Rise & Its Regional Implications
23 October, 2012
IP21007 | The Unspoken: Indonesia Navigates Great Power Rivalry
22 October, 2021
- “Sebastian, Leonard C., Emirza Adi Syailendra, and Keoni Indrabayu Marzuki, “Civil-Military Relations in Indonesia after the Reform Period”, Asia Policy, Vol. 13, No. 3 (2018): pp. 49-78” (with Leonard C. Sebastian, and Keoni Indrabayu Marzuki) in Asia Policy, Vol. 13, No 3 , 2018. pp. 49-78
- “Sebastian, Leonard C., and Emirza Adi Syailendra, “Cooperation amidst Distrust in Indonesia’s Foreign Policy Behaviour towards China: A Neoclassical Realist Approach”, China International Strategy Review 2017, Institute of International and Strategic Studies, School of International Studies, Peking University (January 2018): pp. 229-256 (English edition)” (with Leonard C. Sebastian) in China International Strategy Review 2017, -, -, 2018. 48-55
- "Indonesia and South Korea: Asia's two middle powers," Strategic Review Vol. 5: 3, pp. 58-65
Last updated on 07/08/2020