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Moch Faisal Karim

I am currently a PhD Candidate within PaIS. I was a coordinator board for Indonesia-UK Scholars' Network (IUKSN). Prior joining PaIS, I was an advisory staff for Chairman of Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee, House of Representatives, Republic of Indonesia. From July 2012 to August 2014, I was also Lecturer within Department of International Relations, Bina Nusantara University.

Research Agenda

My research thesis aims to address the puzzle "Why does democratic emerging power pursue a greater involvement in global governance despite their limited resources as well as the lack of domestic encouragement to do so? In order to answer the puzzle, I will use Indonesia's foreign policy as a case study by investigating its foreign policy with regard to democracy promotion, climate change negotiation, and Doha Round Negotiation.

Besides my PhD Project, I am interested in the Southeast Asian politics in general and Indonesian politics in particular. Currently, I am working on the project investigating the relations between political institution and economic actors in shaping natural resource governance in the post-authoritarian Indonesia.

Publications and Work in Progress
Peer-Reviewed Articles
Book Chapters
  • Karim, Moch Faisal. "Local-Central Dynamics and Limitations of Micro-Regionalism: Understanding West Kalimantan and Sarawak Cross-Border Cooperation." In Balanced Growth for an Inclusive and Equitable ASEAN Community, edited by Mely Caballero-Anthony and Richard Barichello. Singapore: Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, 2015. [Link to paper](Word document)
Working Papers
  • Domestic Source of Indonesia's Behaviour in the UN Human Rights Council
  • Understanding Indonesian Foreign Policy through Role Theory
  • Middle Power, Status-Seeking, and Role Conceptions: the cases of Indonesia and South Korea
Works in Progress
  • Responding to Great Power's Accommodation Strategy: Ontological Security and Indonesia-US Relations
  • Reviving the Bandung Spirit: Indonesia’s Emerging Role in South-South Cooperation.
  • State Transformation and Regional Economic Integration in the Border Areas: the case of Indonesia’s micro-regionalism project in Batam and West Kalimantan (with Tirta Nugraha Mursitama).
  • Natural Resource Boom and Local Politics in New Democracies: Evidence from Indonesia (with Imaddudin Abdullah).
  • Explaining Different Attitudes towards Democratic Supports: Evidence from Indonesia (with Noory Okthariza).
Mochammad Faisal Karim

Moch Faisal Karim



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Fellowships and Awards

2017/2018: Junior Fellows, Global Challenges Fellowship, School of Public Policy and Institute for Advanced Study, Central European University (CEU), Budapest.

2016/2017: Fellows, USINDO-Sumitro Fellowship, US-Indonesia Society, USD 10,000.

2013/2014: Open Society Foundation Research Grant Program, USD 6,400.

2013: Awardee, Best Teaching Award, Bina Nusantara University, Jakarta.

2012/2013: Junior Fellows, ASEAN-Canada Research Partnership Junior Fellowship, RSIS Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, CAD 12,000.

2010/2011: Indonesian Ministry of Education Research Grant, USD 1,600.

2010/2011: FCO/Chevening Scholarship Award for Postgraduate Study in the UK

Professional Activities

Journal of ASEAN Studies
Managing Editor, (2012- 2017)
Associate Editor, (2017-Present)

Asian Politics and Policy

Indonesia-UK Scholars' Network
Co-initiator and Coordinator (2016-2017)

International Studies Association (ISA)

Warwick East Asia Study Group

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