Isti Marta Sukma - Researcher & Writer

Isti Marta is an Interdisciplinary Researcher on Defense, Politics and Technology

My research covers essential topics like national interests, global power theories, counter-terrorism, civil-military integration, the role of technology in politics (AI, quantum, cybersecurity, surveillance systems), maritime security and political ideology. 

My main geopolitical scopes are the Indo-Pacific and Central/Eastern Europe (CEE).

At present, I am an independent researcher waiting to start my PhD program in Political Science later this year.

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Published work

Book Chapter, published in Indonesia.

This book reviews various sectors and dynamics of IR in the Indo-Pacific region, such as military, diplomatic, geopolitical and geostrategic, maritime, diplomacy and other issues. Apart from that, Indonesia's perspective, foreign policy and the importance of the Indo-Pacific for Indonesia are also discussed.

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My Latest Work

Where Indonesia’s Presidential Candidates Stand On the New Capital Project

The future of Indonesia’s new capital stands as one of the pivotal policy questions ahead of the upcoming 2024 elections in Indonesia. Launched during President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration, this ambitious megaplan seeks to create Nusantara, a new capital city, from scratch on the island of Borneo, at a cost of 466 trillion rupiah (nearly $30 billion) by 2045. The asserted primary objective of the Ibu Kota Negara Nusantara project, or IKN for short, as it is official known, is to create

Political Dynasty in Indonesia

is it an exaggeration or something that we have collectively underestimated?

In the recent public discourse and backlash against the current regime under Joko Widodo in Indonesia, the term “political dynasty” frequently emerges as a topic of discussion. The ongoing discussions highlight the perception that President Joko Widodo has betrayed Megawati Soekarno Putri, the fifth former president of Indonesia and the current head of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P). This sentiment

The tale of Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission

The recent disclosure linking Firli Bahuri, the chief of an Indonesian anti-corruption agency, to a corruption case, has seriously eroded trust in institutions devoted to fighting corruption, casting doubt on their overall effectiveness. Established in 2003, the Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi) or KPK was formed specifically to address cases of corruption deemed beyond the capacity of the prosecutor’s office and the police to handle. The investigation into the inc

Lacan’s concept of objet petit a in “Gadis Kretek”

I recently caught a new Indonesian series titled “Gadis Kretek”, or “Cigarette Girl”, premiered in Netflix. It’s set in 1960s Indonesia, and the historical backdrop piqued my interest. The series revolves around themes of womanhood in Indonesia, freedom, Indonesia’s darkest history in the 1960s and love, but there’s an underlying element that goes beyond these aspects — a kind of “desire” that isn’t exactly what it appears to be.

The story kicks off by introducing Dasiyah, the eldest daughter o

Journal Article

Asia Pacific Studies

The purpose of this research is to examine the maritime defense strategy response of Australia regarding China's military modernization in Indo-Pacific region. This research provides further explanation regarding Australia's standpoint in Indo-Pacific region, China's military modernization and the sphere of influence in Indo-Pacific, and most importantly-the analysis of Australia's implementation of the maritime defense strategy in responding China's military modernization in the region


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