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Moch Faisal Karim

I have recently obtained my PhD from Politics and International Studies (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, I was also Lecturer within the Department of International Relations, Bina Nusantara University.

Research Agenda

My primary research interest lies in the intersection of political economy and International Relations (IR) with an emphasis on the role of emerging powers in global governance with a special focus on human rights, trade, and climate change governance as well as International Relations in the Asia Pacific.

The goal of my research is to incorporate the growing literature on political economy of state transformation and role theory into the theorisation of IR particularly in regard to how domestic political processes, ranging from inter-agential conflict to contestation over ideas and norms within the state, affect the way in which states behave at the regional and global governance. This research agenda is important, particularly in relation to understanding the IR phenomenon of non-western powers, in which the Weberian assumption of the state cannot be sustained and therefore there is a need for scholars of IR to unpack the notion of the state. This is a direct answer to the increasing call for the discipline of IR to reflect the voices, experiences, knowledge claims, and contributions of the vast majority of the societies and states of the world.

My PhD project also contributes to the research agenda. The thesis aims to examine emerging powers' seemingly inconsistent and contradictory enactment of its roles in the regional and global governance. To substantiate this puzzle, I focus on the dynamics of Indonesian foreign policy at the regional and global levels with a particular focus on human rights and trade issues during the presidency of Susilo Bambang Yudhyono (2004 – 2014).

Besides my PhD Project, My other research shows my endeavour to contribute to this call by engaging with a variety of empirical cases, ranging from Southeast Asia regional migration governance, Southeast Asia’s cross-border cooperation to Southeast Asia’s relations with China.

Publications and Work in Progress
Peer-Reviewed Articles
  1. Middle Power, "Status-Seeking, and Role Conceptions: the cases of Indonesia and South Korea, Australian Journal of International Affairs, Vo. 78, No.4, 2018, p. 343-363. (
  2. Karim, Moch Faisal. “Role Conflict and the Limits of State Identity: the Case of Indonesia in Democracy Promotion”, the Pacific Review, Vol. 30, No. 3, 2017, p. 385-404. (
  3. Karim, Moch Faisal. "Institutional Dynamics of Regulatory Actors in the Recruitment of Migrant Workers: the Case of Indonesia", Asian Journal of Social Science, Vol. 45, No. 4-5, 2017, p. 440-464. (
  4. Karim, Moch Faisal, “Integrating European Muslims Through Discourse? Understanding the Development and Limitations of Euro-Islam in Europe”, Journal of International Migration and Integration, Vol. 18, No. 4, 2017, p. 993-1011. (
  5. Karim, Moch Faisal. "Liberal World Order in the Age of Disruptive Politics: A Southeast Asian Perspective", Journal of ASEAN Studies, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2017, p. 68-74. (
  6. Karim, Moch Faisal and Chairil, Tangguh. "Waiting for Hard Balancing? Explaining Southeast Asia Balancing Behaviour toward China", European Journal of East Asian Studies, Vol. 15, No. 1, 2016, p. 34-61. (
  7. Karim, Moch Faisal. "How Ethnic Civil War Transforms into Religious Civil War: Evidence from Chechnya." CEU Political Science Journal 8, no. 1, 2013, p. 55-79.
Book Chapters
  1. 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.
  2. Karim, Moch Faisal. “Four Roles of Parliament in Fostering ASEAN Community 2015.” in AIPA and Realization of ASEAN Community 2015, edited by Endah T.D. Retnoastuti, Poltak Partogi Nainggolan, Heriyono Adi Anggoro, Annisa Mariana. Jakarta: AIPA Secretariat, 24-42, 2013.
Working Papers
  1. Moch Faisal Karim. Review of Rüland, Jürgen, The Indonesian Way: ASEAN, Europeanization, and Foreign Policy Debates in a New Democracy. H-Diplo, H-Net Reviews. August 2018.
Working Papers
  1. Domestic Source of Indonesia's Behaviour in the UN Human Rights Council
  2. Understanding Indonesian Foreign Policy through Role Theory
  3. State Transformation and Regional Economic Integration in the Border Areas: the case of Indonesia’s micro-regionalism project in Batam and West Kalimantan.
  4. Responding to Great Power's Accommodation Strategy: Ontological Security and Indonesia-US Relations
Works in Progress
  1. Reviving the Bandung Spirit: Indonesia’s Emerging Role in South-South Cooperation.
  2. Constrained Engagement with China-led Multilateral Initiatives? The Case of ASEAN’s response to China’s growing Infrastructure Financing through AIIB.
  3. China’s Challenge towards ASEAN centrality? Understanding the Impact of Xi Jinping Multilateral Initiative on Southeast Asia.
  4. Natural Resource Boom and Local Politics in New Democracies: Evidence from Indonesia (with Imaddudin Abdullah).
  5. Explaining Different Attitudes towards Democratic Supports: Evidence from Indonesia (with Noory Okthariza).
Commentaries in International Outlets
  1. Moch Faisal Karim and Wendy A. Prajuli, 50 years of ASEAN dealing with major powers: Indonesia's perspective, IAPS Magazine, 24 August 2017.
  2. Moch Faisal Karim and Scott Edwards, South-East Asia takes stock after a year of alarming democratic decline, the Conversation, December 15, 2016.
  3. Moch Faisal Karim, Reinventing Regional Order in East Asia: a Southeast Asian Perspective, Thinking ASEAN, Issue 17/November 2016
  4. Moch Faisal Karim, Indonesia should promote democracy globally, starting with Egypt, East Asia Forum, August 22, 2013.
  5. Moch Faisal Karim, Local Politics and the Limits of Micro-Regionalism in Border Areas, the RSIS Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies' Blog, June 14, 2013.
  6. Moch Faisal Karim, ASEAN responsibility to protect, the Jakarta Post, August 3, 2012.
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Moch Faisal Karim



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Fellowships, Grants, and Awards

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

2017: Research Article Incentive Award, Indonesian Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education.

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

2016: Bank Indonesia and the University of Warwick Grant to establish Indonesia-UK Scholars’ Network.

2015: British Council Grant to organise Indonesian Scholars Forum.

2014/2015: BINUS Research Output Incentive Award, BINUS University, Jakarta.

2013/2014: Open Society Foundation Research Grant Program.

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.

2010/2011: Indonesian Ministry of Education Research Grant.

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, Cooperation and Conflict, International Studies Review, Global Governance

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

International Studies Association (ISA)

Warwick East Asia Study Group

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