Moch Faisal Karim, Ph.D.

About Faisal

Moch Faisal Karim is an intellectual-activist. He received his PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick. His research interest lies in the intersection of political economy and International Relations (IR) with an emphasis on Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia.

In 2012-2013, he was selected to be a junior research fellow with the ASEAN-Canada research fellowship in which he examined the impact of decentralisation on cross-border cooperation in Indonesia’s border areas. In 2013-2014, he was awarded an Open Society Foundation (OSF) research grant in which he examines Southeast Asia’s regional migration governance.  In 2016-2017,he was awarded a Sumitro fellowship by USINDO, through which he conducted research on how Indonesia as an emerging power responds to the US accommodation strategy to play a significant role at the global level.

From 2017-2018, he was a global challenges junior fellow in the School of Public Policy (SPP) Central European Union (CEU) and Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin..

Areas of Expertise

  • International Politics
  • Regionalism
  • South East Asia
  • Non-traditional Security
  • Comparative Politics
  • Political Economy of state transformation
  • foreign policy analysis


  • Awarded the Best Essay in Asia Pacific studies by Institute for Asia Pacific Studies, University of Nottingham, May 2011.
  • Awarded the Open Society Institute (OSI)/Chevening Scholarship Award 2010-2011.
  • Marked as Distinction in Open Society Institute (OSI) Summer School held in Istanbul August 2010.
  • Awarded the Third Winner of the Most Outstanding Student of University of Indonesia 2009.
  • Awarded the First Winner of the Most Outstanding Student of Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Indonesia 2009.
  • Awarded the First Winner of The Most Outstanding Student in Student Academic Activity Category, Department of International Relations, University of Indonesia 2008 (Department Level).
  • Awarded The Second Winner of Japan Foundation Essay Competition held by Japan Foundation 2007.


  1. Karim, Moch Faisal, Middle Power, “Status-Seeking, and Role Conceptions: the cases of Indonesia and South Korea“, Australian Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 72, No. 4, 2018, p.343-363.
  2. Karim, Moch Faisal, “Integrating European Muslims Through Discourse? Understanding the Development and Limitations of Euro-Islam in Europe”, Journal of International Migration and Integration, 2017 (online first).
  3. 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.
  4. Karim, Moch Faisal. “Institutional Dynamics of Regulatory Actors in the Recruitment of Migrant Workers: the Case of Indonesia“, Vol. 45, No. 4-5, 2017, 440-446.
  5. 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, 2017, 34-61.
  6. Karim, M. F. (2016). Reinventing Regional Order in East Asia: A Southeast Asian Perspective. Thinking ASEAN Issue 17/November 2016. The Habibie Centre
  7. Karim, M. F. (2015). Local-Central Dynamics and Limitations of Micro-Regionalism: Understanding West Kalimantan and Sarawak Cross-Border Cooperation.
  8. Karim, M. F. (2013). How ethnic civil war transforms into religious civil war: Evidence from Chechnya. CEU Political Science Journal, (01), 55-79.