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Sylvia Laksmi


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Sylvia Laksmi, an Indonesian national, is a renown subject matter expert in the field of International Relations and Terrorism Studies-International Security. She has worked as a Senior Advisor/Researcher in the Indonesian Government since 2007 in the specialised areas of financial crimes intelligence investigations. Therefore, she has a breadth of experience in the expertise of Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing (CTF) studies.

Sylvia is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at the National Security College (NSC), The Australian National University. Her other notable portfolios include the followings: 1) Teaching Fellow of Military and Defence Studies Program for Australian War College at the Australian National University 2) Adjunct Lecturer at Charles Sturt University, Canberra 3) Research Fellow at International and Strategic Studies at the University of Malaya 4) Visiting Scholar at ICPVTR, RSIS-NTU, Singapore 5) Senior Researcher at Centre for Terrorism and Radicalism Studies (CTRS) – Indonesian Police Science College

Her works at NSC include analysis on CTF policies and the impact they have on terrorist operations in Southeast Asia and Asia-Pacific, including how technologies are used to enhance the various aspects of the application. Her efforts provided authorities with comprehensive maps (on terrorist financing issues) and strategies against acts of terrorism-criminal financing; especially in the social network arenas.
Apart from her research works, Sylvia is also an established trainer who had provided training to government officers and private sector specialists domestically as well as at the international level. Profoundly in 2016, she was called upon to be a member of the National and Regional Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Team to develop Risk Assessment Projects and a training syllabus.

Given her considerable depth and credibility, Sylvia has been called upon to assist the Philippines government in a project for Peace Youth Communities to generate counter-narratives against IS-inspired groups and the Communist Party.

PhD programme

National Security College

Supervisor(s) and panel members

Topic title

The analysis of government capabilities in countering the social network-based terrorist financing

Topic description

Sylvia’s thesis work at the NSC is on the analysis of Indonesian Government’s capabilities in countering the social network-based terrorist financing. Her focus is on the social network analysis on illicit financial flow of terrorist groups’ networks in Indonesia and Southeast Asia-Pacific, including financial technology innovations which influence the development of terrorist financing.

Sylvia’s PhD research is aiming to provide a comprehensive map of terrorist financing issues in Indonesia through social network analysis and a study of government’s capabilities in addressing the issues. Findings could ultimately contribute to improving Indonesian Government’s strategy in countering social network-based terrorist financing.


BSc. Thesis: Peran pemerintah Amerika Serikat dalam upaya penanggulangan Abu Sayyaf Group di Filipina Selatan (The role of United States Government in countering Abu Sayyaf Group in southern Philippines), UNPAD 2007.

MSc. Thesis: Dinamika pendanaan organisasi teror: Analisis perubahan pola pendanaan terorisme di Indonesia (The Dynamics of terrorist organisation’s funding: An analysis of changes in terrorist financing’s pattern in Indonesia), UI 2012, pp156.

Laksmi, Sylvia W (2015), ‘Money laundering: Child sex exploitation case, Republika, 30 May 2015.

Laksmi, Sylvia W (2015), ‘Rethinking the anti-terrorism strategy of Indonesia’, The Jakarta Post, 19 June 2015.

Laksmi, Sylvia W (2015), ‘Countering terrorism’s center of gravity: Money or ideology?’, The Jakarta Post, 30 October 2015.

Laksmi, Sylvia W (2016), ‘Abusing virtual world to finance terrorism’, The Jakarta Post, 15 July 2016.

Laksmi, Sylvia W & Santoso, Agus (2016), ‘Regional terrorism financing risk assessment framework: Southeast Asia and Australia’, Counter Terrorist Trends and Analysis Journal, vol. 8, no. 10, pp. 20-24.

Laksmi, Sylvia W (2017), ’Terrorism financing and the risk of internet-based payment services in Indonesia’, Counter Terrorist Trends and Analysis Journal, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 21-25.

Scholarships and fellowships

Australia Awards Indonesia Scholarship 2017

Mailing address

Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
J.G. Crawford Building No. 132
Lennox Crossing
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601 Australia

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